Baldwin III Crusader King of Jerusalem Coin (1143 – 1163)
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This coin is a reproduction of a crusader coin minted by Baldwin III King of Jerusalem.
Baldwin was a Christian Crusader who became king of Jerusalem during the 12th century. A descendant of the French house of Anjou he was the first king of Jerusalem born in Outremer (from the French outre-mer meaning overseas). He captured the Egyptian fortress of Ascalon and fought in the second crusade. He was a popular king who also won the respect of his enemies with his Turkish opponent Nur ad-Din stating upon Baldwin's death, "the Franks have lost such a prince that the world has not now his like”.
Minted between 1143 – 1163 the face of the coin has a cross within a circular border and the reverse has an image of the Tower of David in Jerusalem within a circular border.
An original artefact of this coin is currently on display at the Israel Museum at Jerusalem (accession number: 71.00888) and can be viewed on the following link.
These coins are hand-stamped by a passionate reenactor who performs historical coin minting demonstrations. As each coin is hand stamped small variations may exist adding to the handmade character of the coins.
Made from high-quality pewter.