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"Crusader Coin" Identification Request

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 Posted 11/07/2018  11:00 pm Show Profile   Check Johnathan55's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add Johnathan55 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Purchased this tiny coin at a local coin shop, it had no flip. They just said it was a "Crusader coin." I was hoping someone might be able to narrow it down.

Taking images of this coin was a challenge. (I have enough trouble with regular sized coins!) On one side there appears to be a shield with two eagles, top left and bottom right on the shield. I took two pictures with different lighting to try and highlight them.


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 Posted 11/08/2018  01:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Alas, it's not "crusader", unless one takes an extremely generous definition of that word.

Your coin is a silver obol, or half-denar, of the Kingdom of Hungary; I believe this "four-crowns-in-a-crooss" design is unique to King Sigismund I, who reigned in Hungary 1387-1437 - which is nearly a century after "The Crusades" ended in the Middle East in 1291. He was, however, king of Bohemia during the beginning of the Hussite Uprising there, against which a grand total of four "Crusades" were declared, the first in 1420 - so only in that sense is this a "Crusader coin".

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 Posted 11/08/2018  5:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coin!

I think another "stretch" application of crusader had to do with campaigns waged by Christian Eastern European principalities (Hungary, Poland) against the Ottoman Turks, and the last of these I think was Varna in the 1440s.

But I agree most medieval collectors would call this Hungarian, not crusader.
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