Unsold lot from June 15th Auction: Coins of the Crusades
- Denomination: Denier
- Authority: France
- Ruler: Phillip II Augustus
- Date: 1180 to 1223 CE
- Design: Cross on obverse, legend and mint location on reverse
Phillip II was the first king to style himself as King of France instead of King of the Franks. He earned the epithet "Augustus" due to his role in transforming France from a minor feudal state to the most powerful kingdom in Europe at the time. The oldest surviving city wall in Paris also dates back to Phillip's reign.
Phillip was personally involved in the Third Crusade of 1189 to 1192, leading his army to the Holy Land alongside Richard the Lionheart of England and Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I Barbarossa. However, relations between France and England eventually soured, resulting in a years long war that ended in a French victory and the signing of the Magna Carta. This important document limited the British crown's power and created the basis of common law.
All purchases include a Certificate of Authenticity. You will receive the exact coin in this photo, along with a glass top leatherette display box as shown.