JESUS CHRIST Class A2 Anonymous Ancient 976AD Byzantine Follis Coin

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Seller: antiquity111 (316) 100%, Location: york, North Yorkshire, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 324122303547 Byzantine Empire - Anonymous Class A2 Bronze Follis 30 mm (9.23 grams) Joint-reign of emperors Basil II and Constantine VIII, struck circa 976-1025 A.D. + ЄMMANOVHΛ, Bust of Jesus Christ facing, wearing a nimbus crown, pallium and colobium, and holding book of Gospels with both hands; +IhSЧS / XRISTЧS / bASILЄЧ / bASILЄ ("Jesus Christ King of Kings") in four lines.For more than a century, the production of Follis denomination Byzantine coins had religious Christian motifs which included included Jesus Christ, and even Virgin Mary. These coins were designed to honor Christ and recognize the subservient role of the Byzantine emperor, with many of the reverse inscriptions translating to "Jesus Christ King of Kings" and "May Jesus Christ Conquer". The Follis denomination coins were the largest bronze denomination coins issued by the Byzantine empire, and their large size, along with the Christian motif make them a popular coin type for collectors. This series ran from the period of Byzantine emperors John I (969-976 A.D.) to Alexius I (1081-1118 A.D.). The accepted classification was originally devised by Miss Margaret Thompson with her study of these types of coins. World famous numismatic author, David R. Sear adopted this classification system for his book entitled, Byzantine Coins and Their Values. The references about this coin site Mr. Sear's book by the number that they appear in that work. Condition: great detail very fine, Replica: original, Metal: Bronze

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