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BYZANTINE CYPRUS COIN BILLON ASPRON TRACHY GEORGE & ISAAC COMNENUS 1184-1191 A.D

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BYZANTINE CYPRUS COIN BILLON ASPRON TRACHY GEORGE & ISAAC COMNENUS 1184-1191 A.D

curved coin, split at right edge as seen, 
obverse; priest with alter stand
reverse; priest or apostle with legend 
V with over-strike


Isaac Comnenus of Cyprus (usurper in Cyprus, AD 1184-1191).
Isaac Comnenus was a great-nephew of Manuel I and rebelled against the harsh rule of Andronicus, establishing himself as an independent ruler in Cyprus. The government in Constantinople was not able to squelch the rebellion and Isaac ruled for 7 years, finally being put down by Richard the Lion Heart of England who was fighting the Third Crusade. Isaac snubbed and insulted Richard's betrothed, Berengaria, and when Richard arrived, and seeing the obvious richness and importance of the island, he came against Isaac. Isaac surrendered on condition that he not be placed in chains of iron, so Richard had him placed in chains of silver and sent to the Holy Land where he died in the prison of Margat. Richard soon tried to sell the island to the Templars for 100,000 gold bezants but they were unable to control the population and it was ceded to Guy de Lusignan who had recently been ousted from Jerusalem by Saladin. Thus began the long reign of the island by the Crusaders, ended by the Venetians in the 15th Century. 

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