The king seated upon high-back throne, holding sceptre cruciger in right hand, and globus cruciger in left.
hEnRI REI DE.
Lion of Cyprus.
IERVSALEM ED ChIPR
*Iacovou 1994, 64, no. 10; CLC 2, 6-9 & 39-41, pl.1; *BMC 1998, 90, no. 32.
IAQVE ROI D
Cross pattée with a smaller cross in one corner.
*Iacovou 1994, 67, no. 37; CLC 3, 133-149, pl. 31.5.
*Iacovou 1994, 69, no. 38; CLC 3, 133-149, pl. 31.3-5.
The king seated upon throne, holding sceptre in right hand, and globus cruciger in left; on his left and fixed on the throne, shield with the coat of arms.
LVDOVICVS DEI GRACIA REX
Cross of Jerusalem.
IERVSALEM CIPRI ET ARMENIE
*Iacovou 1994, 71, no. 54; *BMC 1998, 93, no. 43; CLC 3, 89-91, pl. 15.1-14.
The king seated upon throne, holding sceptre in right hand, and globus cruciger in left.
LUDOVICUS DEI CRACIA REX
IERUSALM CIPRI ET ARMI
*Iacovou 1994, 71, no. 53; CLC 3, 91-92, pl. 16.1- 6.
The king seated upon throne, holding in sceptre right hand and globus cruciger in left. In left field, A.
IEhAN REI D
IERUSALM ED ChIPRE
*Iacovou 1994, 69, no. 47; CLC 3, 68-70, pl. 10.1-3.
Cross pattée, with pellet in the first and last quarter and crescent in the second and third.
Tower with battlements; in centre, star.
Iacovou 1994, 64, no. 1; *BMC 1998, 89, no. 26; CLC 1, 79, pl. 17, Type 1.
Cross of Jerusalem with Henry’s name as king.
hENRIC’IRLM E CIPRI REX
The lion of Cyprus with Amaury’s name as governor.
AMALRIC GVBNATOR CIPRI
*Iacovou 1994, 66, no. 15; CLC 2, 6-9 & 41-42, pl. 3.13-14.
IACOBUS DEI GRAIAX
ERXX IhERUSALEM (20th king of Jerusalem)
*Iacovou 1994, 71, no. 58; CLC 3, 128-132, pl. 28.3.
*Iacovou 1994, 66, no. 14 CLC 2, 7-9 & 41-42, pl. 3.6-12; *BMC 1998, 91, no. 33.
The Lusignan Coinage
In his role as leader of the Third Crusade, Richard the Lionheart, the king of England, captured Cyprus from Isaac Comnenus in 1191. In 1192 Guy of Lusignan, the banished king of Jerusalem, purchased the island from Richard. The rule of the Lusignan dynasty in Cyprus began in the spring of 1192 and lasted for almost 300 years.
From the earliest days of Guy of Lusignan as lord of Cyprus (1192-1194) and throughout the Lunsignan control of Cyprus, the currency of the island was specifically Cypriot. Cyprus being an independent country had its own coinage minted and controlled by the authority of the Lusignan Kings.