Ancient Byzantine coin, Manual I, ca 1143-1189 AD, Virgin Mary and bearded Manuel wearing crown. (c171961)
Ancient Byzantine Coin, Virgin Mary and Manuel
Approx size: 20 mm, 1.5 mm thick. Weight: 3.9 gramsBronze tetarteron, weight 3.9 g, diameter 20 mm, Constantinople, c. 1143 - 1189 A.D.; obverse the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) standing right, raising both hands, being blessed by manus Dei (hands of god) to upper right, MP - ΘV flanking across field; reverse MANVHΛ ∆ECΠOTHC, emperor Manual I, standing facing, wearing crown and chlamys, long cross in right hand, akakia in left hand.
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Materials: Ancient byzantine coin,Bronze tetarteron coin
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