ARMENIA Levon I 1198-1226 “coronation” tram


ARMENIA, Levon I, 1198-1226, tram, no date (1198 AD), Sis mint, Obverse: Virgin standing R before king kneeling L, rays from heaven descending, Reverse: 2 lions flanking cross, silver, 23-24.5mm, 2.98g, coronation type, AC262, etc., XF+

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The so-called “coronation tram” may or may not be associated with that event.

Prince Levon II Rupen was made King in 1198 and thereafter is known as Levon I. He died in 1219. He was involved in the Crusades. Armenia was at the height of its power during his reign.

Medieval Armenia was a nation run by Armenians, but it was in a different place than modern Armenia. Cilicia, where medieval Armenia was, in in southeastern Turkey. The dynasty is called Rupenid. The politics of the period included the Crusades, the Seljuks, the Ayyubids, the Mamluks, and the Mongols.

“Middle East” is, generally spealing, Morocco east to Afghanistan, Sudan in the south to Turkey in the north.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.