Extremely Rare Crusader Coin

Recently, an extremely rare coin from the days of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem (1099-1291) was found during IAA excavations directed by Martin Peilstöcker and Amit Reem in Jaffo's Flee Market. The find, a rare Frankish silver half drachma, was identified by Robert Kool of the IAA Coin Department and is the first specimen to come from a controlled excavation. It was minted only during a very brief period in Frankish Acre, between 1251 and 1257, imitating the half dirhem struck in Damascus by the Ayyubids during the first half of the 13th century.

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