The Crusades were a series of holy wars – Church sanctioned expeditions to deliver the Holy Places from the Muslims. Those who “took up the cross,” or crux were described by contemporary writers as pro cruce from which the word “Crusader” derives. Tradition holds that there were eight crusades, although there were numerous small expeditions well in to the fifteenth century.
The Siege of Antioch took place during the First Crusade of 1097-1098 on the Crusaders' way to Jerusalem through Syria. The siege lasted until June of 1098 leading to the Battle of Antioch in which the Crusaders defeated the relieving army. They then established the Principality of Antioch, ruled by Bohemond of Taranto. This coin, a Silver Denier. was issued by his descendant, Bohemond III who ruled from 1149-1163. These coins were used until the fall of Antioch in the 1260s.
The obverse features la croix pattée, the footed cross, while the reverse depicts that of a helmeted Crusader
Weight: 4.6 grams
This coin has been placed in a custom, two-toned silver and 14 karat gold setting.
Certificate of Authenticity included.