The king seated upon throne, holding unsheathed sword in right hand and globus cruciger in left. In right field, small cros.
Cross of Jerusalem.
[D΄]E IERVSΛLEM.7.D ChI[PRE]
CLC 2, 14-16 & 83, pl. 32.10-13.
The king seated upon throne, holding sceptre in right hand and globus cruciger in left. In left field, B.
hVGVE REI DE.
IERVSAL’M ED CHIPR’
CLC 2, 12-14 & 69, pl. 23.7.
The king seated upon throne, holding sceptre in right hand and globus cruciger in left. In left field , +C.
hVGVE REI DE
IERVSAL΄M ED ChIPR
CLC 2, 12-14 & 76-77, pl. 30.1-13.
Lion of Cyprus.
IRL’M ED ChIPR
CLC 1, 97-100, pl. 28, 6-8.
CLC 1, 97-100, pl. 28. 1.
CLC 1, 97-100, pl. 28, 1-5.
Cross pattée with pellets in all four corners.
Tower with ramparts and gate.
*Iacovou 1994, 64, no. 6; *CLC 1, 88, pl. 24, Type 6Β.2.
Gateway with three turrets, the central one taller than the other two; in a panel accross.
*Iacovou 1994, 64, no. 5; CLC 1, 119, pl. 32.1-12.
Lion of Cyprus surrounded by two circles of legend.
AMALRIC TIRENSI DOMINVS CIPRI GVBNATO ‘E’ RET
Coat of arms combining to left, the cross of Jerusalem and to right, the Lusignan emblems.
IRL’M ET CIPRI REGIS FILIUS
*Iacovou 1994, 66, no. 17; *CLC 2, 8-9 & 42-43, pl. 4.11.
The king seated upon throne, holding sceptre in right hand, and globus cruciger in left.
LVDOVICVS CRACIA REX
IERVSALEM CIPRI ET ARMENIE
*Iacovou 1994, 69, no. 51; CLC 3, 96-97, pl. 19.1- 6.
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.