"The Lordship of Phocaea (Greek: Ηγεμονία της Φώκαιας) was founded after in 1275, when the Genoese nobleman Manuele Zaccaria received the twin towns of Old Phocaea and New Phocaea as a fief from the Byzantine emperor Andronikos II Palaiologos. The Zaccaria family amassed a considerable fortune from their properties there, especially the rich alum mines. The Zaccaria held the lordship until 1340, when it was repossessed by the Byzantines under Andronikos III Palaiologos.
The rare coinage of Phocaea follows the monetary system of Genoa, with gold florins and billon deniers."
Numista referee for coins of this issuer is Tomas530.
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