Ancient Byzantine coin, Anonymous Class G, bronze, Christ, 1068 AD (c13171)
Ancient Byzantine Coin, Bust of Christ
Approx size: 27 x 25 mm, 2 mm thick. Weight: 7.6 grams
Byzantine Empire Anonymous Class G
Bronze Follis Struck during the reign of Romanus IV, Diogenes - Byzantine Emperor: 1 January 1068 A.D. - 19 August 1071 A.D.
It's hard to make out some of what is on the coin but this is what there suppose to be: Bust of Christ facing , wearing a nimbus crown, pallium and colobium, and raising right hand in benediction; in left hand, scroll; to left, IC; to right, XC; border of large pellets. Facing bust of the Virgin orans, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorium; to left, MP; to right..
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