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Authentic Byzantine Empire Æ Coin 3. 55 Gr / 15. 09 Mm Byz1072. 5

Authentic Byzantine Empire Æ Coin 3.  55 Gr / 15.  09 Mm Byz1072.  5 Coins: Ancient photo   Category : Coins: Ancient > Byzantine (300-1400 AD)
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Authentic Byzantine Empire Æ Coin 3.  55 Gr / 15.  09 Mm Byz1072.  5 Coins: Ancient photo 1Authentic Byzantine Empire Æ Coin 3.  55 Gr / 15.  09 Mm Byz1072.  5 Coins: Ancient photo 2


    

Numismatic data and valuation estimates provided by indorsuuinnu (May 20, 2017)
        
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Category : Coins: Ancient > Byzantine (300-1400 AD)Id number: 178231
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The gold coins of Justinian II departed from these stable conventions by putting a bust of Christ on the obverse, and a half or full-length portrait of the Emperor on the reverse
The anonymous folles featured the bust of Jesus on the obverse and the inscription "XRISTUS/bASILEU/bASILE", which translates to "Christ, Emperor of Emperors"
European rulers, once they again started issuing their own coins, tended to follow a simplified version of Byzantine patterns, with full face ruler portraits on the obverse
The nummus was an extremely small bronze coin, at about 8–10 mm, weight of 0.56 g making it at 576 to the Roman pound which was inconvenient because a large number of them were required even for small transactions
Note the K on the reverse
Although Justinian II (685–695 and 705–711) attempted a restoration of the follis size of Justinian I, the follis continued to slowly decrease in size
The 11⁄12 weight coin was called a tetarteron (a Greek comparative adjective, literally "fourth-er"), and the full weight solidus was called the histamenon
The full weight solidus was struck at 72 to the Roman pound, roughly 4.48 grams in weight
These reduced solidi, with a star both on obverse and reverse, weighed about 4.25 g.
The denomination was the Stavraton issued in 1, a half, an eighth and a 16th of its value
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