Cook Islands – First Crusade 1095 – $5 – 2009 – Antique Finish Silver Crown – COA – The First Crusade was a military expedition by Western Christianity to regain the Holy Lands taken by the Muslim conquest of the Levant, finally resolving in the recapture of Jerusalem in 1099. It was launched in 1095 by Pope Urban II with the primary goal of responding to an appeal from Byzantine Emperor Alexius I, requesting that western volunteers come to his aid and help to repel the invading Seljuk Turks from Anatolia, in modern day Turkey. An additional goal soon became the principal objective: the Christian re-conquest of the sacred city of Jerusalem and the Holy Land and the freeing of the Eastern Christians from Islamic rule. This beautiful legal tender crown was struck from 25 grams of .925 fine silver, has a diameter of 38.6 millimeters and is one of only 1,000 coins issued. It comes as shown with a Certificate of Authenticity.