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 Posted 09/13/2018  11:52 pm Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hetoum was the king of Cilician Armenia from 1226-1270, Zable was the daughter and heir of Levon I.

AR Tram
Obverse: King and Queen holding Cross. Legend in Armenian script: By The Will Of God
Reverse: Lion advancing right holding Cross. Legend: Hetoum King Of The Armenians.
21.3mm x 2.99g x 7h
Reference: Bedoukian 896


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 Posted 09/14/2018  08:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
An excellent addition, Ron.
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 Posted 09/14/2018  1:49 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Bob.
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 Posted 09/14/2018  3:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent Armenian coin! I really need to get one of these for my language collection!
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 Posted 09/14/2018  8:35 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ron, I've often wondered about these Trams--specifically, why on many of these it looks like the lion on the rev has a big hole in the center of his body. On yours, you can see that it isn't a perfect circle, but rather has at least a partly scalloped or crenulated edge (see below).

Any thoughts on whether this is a countermark of some sort or just part of the design?




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Interesting observation, Dave. Here's another, with a similar decorative ring.

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I know, weird huh? They don't all have it though. Here is my Tram from the same time period (attributed however as Bedoukian 842):



And of course my apologies Ron for slightly highjacking your thread.
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 Posted 09/14/2018  8:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Maybe before there were Holy Cows there were Holy (hole-y) Lions?
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Within each type there are many different varieties, this type alone has over 200 different varieties. I've seen with the hole and without as Bob has pointed out. There is any explanation in Bedoukian about it.
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