KNIGHTS TEMPLAR -- Crusaders, Frankish Greece, Principality of Achaea, Mahaut (Maud) of Hainaut, 1316 - 1318.
During the Middle Ages, following the Fall of Rome, Achaea stayed as part of the Byzantine Empire, until the 4th Crusade, during which the Knights established Greek Crusader States, of which the Principality of Achaea was one.
You would have found the Principality of Achaea on the north side of the Peloponnese Peninsula and it lasted just a short time before the Ottoman Empire absorbed it wholesale. Patras is its present-day capital. Its present-day population is just shy of half a million.
This coin was recovered from a Crusader gravesite reputedly a member of the notorious Knights Templar.
Masonic Symbols are manipulated into the devices.
An astonishing blend of numismatics and psychometrics; this, frankly, is one of those coins I had to debate with myself over listing it on the website. Not a coin I will allow out the door too easily.
I can obtain cheaper and better looking numismatics, but psychometrically, this is as good as it gets, hence the high price. If you want a straight and inexpensive numismatic, email me and I'll put one up.
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of "Coins of the Crusader States." Ex A.J. Seltman Collection.Billon denier tournois, Malloy Crusaders 34; Metcalf Crusaders type MA1b, F, Clarentza mint, weight 0.922g, maximum diameter 20.3mm, die axis 45o, obverse + MAhAVTA P Ach, cross pattée; reverse + DE CLARENCIA, castle tournois, annulet at end of legend, annulet left, pheon pointed down (or three branched plant) below.
HOT PSYCHOMETRIC +++