CRUSADERS. Antioch. Bohémond I, 1098-1111. Follis (Bronze, 25 mm, 3.37 g, 3 h). Nimbate bust of St. Peter facing, wearing tunic, raising his right hand in benediction and holding cross in his left; in field to right, ΠЄ. Rev. Cross pommée, fleuronée at base; in angles, B / H / M / T. CCS 1. Metcalf, Crusades, 481. Porteous 14. Wäckerlin -. Very rare. Somewhat rough and with a minor scratch on the reverse, otherwise, very fine.
Bohémond, the eldest son of the Norman conqueror Robert Guiscard (see lot 3255), was one of the leaders of the First Crusade and the founder of the long-living Principality of Antiochia. His coinage is very rare today, and the types are based on the official bullae that he used as Prince of Taranto in 1090.