Why purchase this coin of the Crusades struck in Antioch for Prince Bohemond III?
The Crusades were a series of Pope sanctioned Holy Wars fought between Christians and Muslims for control of sacred sites in the Holy Land. Following the First Crusade, four feudal states were established: the County of Edessa, the Principality of Antioch, the County of Tripoli and the Kingdom of Jerusalem, each producing regional coinage with similar Crusader symbolism. This denier minted in Antioch bears a childhood image of Bohemond III, struck 1149-1163, before he reached age of majority and named Prince in 1163.
Stylized Depiction of Bohemond III
The obverse depicts a bare-headed Bohemond III, facing right within a beaded circle. The surrounding inscription “BOAMVNDVS” translates as Bohemond.
The emblem associated with the Crusades is located on the reverse of the coin, a cross pattee, with a pellet in one quadrant. The symbol is encircled by the legend “ANTIOCHIA.”
NGC Mint State 61 in Story Vault Display
This 1149-1163 Antioch Silver Denier struck for Prince Bohemond III is graded Mint State 61 by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). Encased in an NGC holder with certification label, the uncirculated coin will show no evidence of wear, but will exhibit an average strike and diminished luster, with large marks and/or multiple contact markings. The coin includes a story card describing the Crusades, presented side by side in a clear Story Vault display case.