Gros, Sixians & Cartzias of Cyprus
Metcalf, D. M. The Gros, Sixians and Cartzias of Cyprus 1382-1489. Corpus of Lusignan Coinage Volume III. Nicosia, 2000. Quarto, pp. xviii, 329, 36 b/w plates. Casebound with jacket. The discovery in February 1946 at Stavrokonnou, in the Paphos district, of a treasure containing many hundreds of Lusignan silver coins, concealed not long after 1489, made Cypriot coins of the fifteenth century, which had been excessively scarce, suddenly rather plentiful. The hoard still dominates our knowledge of the fifteenth-century coinage. It was rescued for science by the late Professor J. R. Stewart, the distinguished Australian archaeologist, who sadly did not live to see his book about the Lusignan coinage published. The notes he left, and the thousands of plaster casts of coins from the Stavrokonnou hoard, were invaluable in the preparation of this, the third and final volume of the Corpus of Lusignan Coins, covering the years 1382-1489. It takes into account also, the relatively few silver coins from other discoveries, and also the bronze or copper fractional coins which supplemented the silver in the currency of Cyprus. The main purposes of the volume are to present arguments about how the coins should be classified, and to give good photographic illustrations of specimens struck from all known dies, on 36 plates of high quality. The conclusions for the monetary history of Cyprus are discussed and possible lines for future research are indicated.