Cook Islands – 2010 – 5 Dollars – History of the Crusades 4nd Crusade DOGE DE VENICE (ANTIQUE)
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.925 silver, 25 grams, 38.61mm, 1000 pieces, antique finish, reverse of the coin for each in the series the same!
The Fourth Crusade (1202–1204) was originally intended to conquer Muslim-controlled Jerusalem by means of an invasion through Egypt. Instead, in April 1204, the Crusaders of Western Europe invaded and conquered the Christian (Eastern Orthodox) city of Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire). This is seen as one of the final acts in the Great Schism between the Eastern Orthodox Church and Roman Catholic Church.
The crusaders established the Latin Empire (1204–1261) and other Latin states in the Byzantine lands they conquered.