Reign of King Levon The Great (1199-1219 A.D.)
Obverse: Levon seated facing on throne ornamented with lions, holding cross and fleur-de-lys.
Reverse: Crowned lion advancing left; patriarchal cross behind; cinquefoil in left field.
Cilician Armenia coin. In very good condition
27mm diameter; 5.62 g
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Levon I king of Armenia: King of Armenia (reigned 1199–1219), who rallied the Armenians after their dispersion by the Seljuq Turks and consolidated the kingdom in Cilicia, southeastern Asia Minor. Through his friendly relations with the German emperors Frederick I Barbarossa and Henry VI, he was crowned by Pope Celestine III’s legate Cardinal Conrad von Wittelsbach, and allied Lesser Armenia to the West, despite overtures from the Byzantine emperor.