ARMENIA, Levon IV, 1320-42, takvorin


ARMENIA, Levon IV, 1320-42, takvorin, no date, Sis mint, Obverse: king on horseback R, Reverse: lion R, billon, 20-21mm, 1.98g, B1970, split planchet, aG

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Levon IV found himself in difficult circumstance during his reign, had to cede territory, was murdered by the nobles, who replaced him with a puppet. Didn’t help the situation any, that they did that.

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 a funny kind of phrase. It “should” mean the “middle,” say, Egypt to Iran. But in common usuage it means everything from Morocco in far northwest Africa all the way to Afghanistan. Right? I mean, if I talk about “the Levant,” or Jazira, you have to know something about geography. But if I say “Middle East” you’re going to have a picture in your head. Maybe Cairo, maybe Kabul, but you’ll have the reference.

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.