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 Russia. Krim. Genoese-Tatar. Genoese Merchants of Kaffa in the Crimea. Duke Filippo Visconti AR Asper / Coin of the Black Death $115.00 





Date: 1421-1435 AD
Obverse: Castle of Genoa
Reverse: Arabic Legend with Jujid tamgha symbol
Size: 12.18 mm
Weight: 0.73 grams
Rarity: 5
Description: VF. From Wikipedia: The Black Plague was reportedly first introduced to Europe via Genoese traders at the port city of Kaffa in the Crimea in 1347. After a protracted siege during which the Mongol army under Jani Beg was suffering from the disease the army catapulted the infected corpses over the city walls of Kaffa to infect the inhabitants. The Genoese traders fled taking the plague by ship into Sicily and the south of Europe whence it spread north.


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