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Tancred de Hauteville follis 1104 - 1112


Tancred de Hauteville, a leader of the First Crusade, Norman lord from Southern Italy and nephew to Bohemond,also known by the nicknames "the mirror of knighthood" and the Prince of Galilee. Born in 1072, he had 12 sons and several daughters, he died on December 12, 1112, Antioch. Tancred took the Cross in 1096. In 1097 Tancred defeated the Byzantine army which attacked him as he was crossing the Vardar and Tancred became a bitter enemy of the Greeks. Tancred, with Godfrey of Bouillon, gained victory at the Siege of Antioch which had lasted from October 1097 to June 1098. They were among the first to mount the ramparts during the capture of Jerusalem. In 1100 Tancred assumed the government of the Principality of Antioch when Bohemund was captured by the Turks.

Obv: Bust of St. Peter facing, with curly hair and beard, holding scroll and long cross. (worthy of more research)
Rev: KEBOI / ΘH TOΔU / ΛO COUT / ANHIRI - Lord help your servant Tancred, in four lines.
Weight: 4.1 grams. Maximum diameter: 25.2 mm.
GVF for this 1st type follis, and very rare.

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