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ARMENIA SILVER TRAM OF HETOUM I & QUEEN ZABEL 1226-1270 AD VF

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Country Cilician Armenia 
Years 1226-1270
Value 1 Tram (1)
Metal Silver
Weight 2.8 g
Diameter 20 mm

Obverse

Crowned lion standing right with a long cross in its pow.

Lettering: ՀԵԹՈՒՄ ԹԱԳԱՒՈՐ ՀԱՅՈՑ

Translation: Hetoum king of the Armenians

Reverse

Queen Zabel and king Hetoum holding a long cross.

Lettering: ԿԱՐՈՂՈՒԹ ԻԻՆՆ ԱՅ Ե

Translation: By the will of God

Hethum I (died 1271)  ruled the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia (also known as "Little Armenia") from 1226 to 1270. He was the son of Constantine, Lord of Baberon (d. 1263) and Princess Alix Pahlavouni of Lampron (a third-cousin of Leo I) and was the founder of the dynasty which bears his name: the Hetoumids. Due to diplomatic relations with the Mongol Empire, Hethum himself traveled to the Mongol court in Karakorum, Mongolia, which was recorded in the famous account The Journey of Haithon, King of Little Armenia, To Mongolia and Back by Hetoum's companion, the Armenian historian Kirakos Gandzaketsi.