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    Byzantine Jesus Christ Gold Hyperpyron Coin Circa 1222 AD 18K Gold Pendant | Artifact #5420

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    The Byzantine "Cupped" Hyperpyron  with the Portrait of Jesus Christ

    Please Note: This is an authentic ancient Byzantine Treasure Coin, and you will receive the exact pendant in the photographs and description.

    By the early 5th Century, the once dominant Roman Empire was a fragmented collection of on-again, off-again allied or warring regions. Divided roughly between the western and eastern halves of the empire, the glory of Rome was no longer. Out of the ashes of this once great society rose the empire that would dominate European culture, economics and warfare for close to a millennium:  The Eastern Roman, or Christian Byzantine Empire.

    From its origins to the height of its glory, Byzantine coinage bearing the image of Christ celebrated the faith of the Christian empire. And among the most prized of its coinage are the gold coins bearing the Image of Christ - this stunning, "cupped" hyperpyron is a testament to the coin maker's art... and Christian faith.

    Your Byzantine Gold Hyperpyron:

    • Denomination: Hyperpyron
    • Emperor: John III Ducas - Vatatzes (1222-1254 AD)
    • Minted circa: 1232-1254 AD
    • Mint: Magnesia
    • Coin Metal: 22 - 23K Gold
    • Coin weight: 4.54 grams
    • Metal Smith: Robert Lewis Knecht 
    • Bezel Metal: 18K Gold
    • Bail size will accommodate a chain up to 5.5mm. 
    • Size: 1-1/4” Across, 1-1/2” Tall - Perfect pendant size, a few millimeters wider than a US quarter 

    Robert's Notes: I created a special luxury weight 18K gold frame that gives this piece a beautiful regal look and feel. I love to use 18K gold instead of 14K as most ancient jewelry and coins where created from 22K to 24K (pure) gold. The warm glow of the 18K compliments the gold coin. It is in amazing condition for its age and high purity of gold.

    What Do the Images on this Byzantine Coin Mean? 

    Obverse (front): Christ is enthroned wearing nimbus cross (the hallo around Christ's head - note the same nimbus cross in artwork from that time period), His right hand is raised in benediction, and left hand is on the book of gospels. The small initials IC and XC in both left and right fields, on either sides of His head (Initials IC are first two letters of Jesus in Greek, XC first initials for Christ). The iconography of Christ on the obverse, and the ruler on the reverse (back) holding a globus cruciger signifies Jesus Christ, King of Kings

    Reverse is the John standing facing, holding labarum and akakia (means "guilelessness" and is a purple silk role contenting dust, symbolizing the mortal nature of man), crowned by the Virgin Mary; MPH monogram between them

    The Byzantine Empire was firmly rooted in its Greek past.  Byzantines were mainly Greek-speakers throughout Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.  Their capital city was Constantinople, which was also known historically as Byzantium. After the 5th century collapse of the Western Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire continued to thrive and grow in influence, and while we refer to the “Byzantine Empire” or “Eastern Roman Empire,” they referred to their country as simply the “Roman Empire.”

    Byzantine money – the money used in the Eastern Roman Empire after the fall of the West – was made up of two very different types of coins:  the gold coins and a variety of bronze coins with clearly defined values.  By the end of the empire, coins were issued in silver and bronze only.

    Your Byzantine Gold Nomisma Necklace comes with:

    1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
    2. A Detailed, 4 Page Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by April Knecht and Robert Lewis Knecht
    3. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
    4. A Mini Museum frame to display your coin when not wearing it
    5. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card

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