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CRUSADE 7 Saint Louis IX Silver Coin 5$ Cook Islands 2015


This antiqued brilliant uncirculated coin series issued by Cook Islands is dedicated to the Seventh Crusade. It belongs to "History of the Crusades" series. The Seventh Crusade was a crusade led by Louis IX of France from 1248 to 1254. Low mintage of only 1.000 pieces worldwide.

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Seventh Crusade
Approximately 800,000 bezants were paid in ransom for King Louis who, along with thousands of his troops, were defeated and captured by the Egyptian army led by the Ayyubid Sultan Turanshah supported by the Bahariyya Mamluks led by Faris ad-Din Aktai, Baibars al-Bunduqdari, Qutuz, Aybak and Qalawun. In 1244, the Khwarezmians, recently displaced by the advance of the Mongols, took Jerusalem on their way to ally with the Egyptian Mamluks. This returned Jerusalem to Muslim control, but the fall of Jerusalem was no longer an earth-shattering event to European Christians, who had seen the city pass from Christian to Muslim control numerous times in the past two centuries. This time, despite calls from the Pope, there was no popular enthusiasm for a new crusade. There were also many conflicts within Europe that kept its leaders from embarking on the Crusade.
Pope Innocent IV and Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor continued the papal-imperial struggle. Frederick had captured and imprisoned clerics on their way to the First Council of Lyon, and in 1245 he was formally deposed by Innocent IV. Pope Gregory IX had also earlier offered King Louis' brother, count Robert of Artois, the German throne, but Louis had refused. Thus, the Holy Roman Emperor was in no position to crusade. Béla IV of Hungary was rebuilding his kingdom from the ashes after the devastating Mongol invasion of 1241. Henry III of England was still struggling with Simon de Montfort and other problems in England. Henry and Louis were not on the best of terms, being engaged in the Capetian-Plantagenet struggle, and while Louis was away on crusade the English king signed a truce promising not to attack French lands. Louis IX had also invited King Haakon IV of Norway to crusade, sending the English chronicler Matthew Paris as an ambassador, but again was unsuccessful. The only man interested in beginning another crusade therefore was Louis IX, who declared his intent to go East in 1245.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2015
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)25
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityAntique Finish
  • Mintage (pcs)1.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The reverse of the coin depicts king Saint Louis IX of France standing firmly with his sword in his hands. On the background a battle frame of the crusade. At the bottom the crusades papal coat of arms with the inscription "Saint Louis IX." The the obverse of the coin depicts on the top the inscription "History of the Crusades", the nominal value and the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.