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Inverted anchor cross. A cross with slightly widened ends, with two anchor flukes coming out of the top and curving left and right, also with slightly widened ends.

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  • 518-27 Justin I Byzantine Follis

    518-27 Justin I Byzantine Follis

    A nice large early Byzantine coin Obverse This coin was issued under Justin I, emperor of the Eastern Roman, or Byzantine Empire from 518 – 527 A.D. I have previously shared not only a Byzantine coin, but a 5 Nummi coin issued under Justin I. So let’s look at some different aspects of this one.…

  • Byzantine 5 Nummi, Justin I 518-527

    Byzantine 5 Nummi, Justin I 518-527

    Early Christian coins are fascinating for me as someone of faith, 1500 years later. Reverse The Chi-Rho ☧ is one of the earliest Christian symbols. Combining the Chi (X) and Rho (P), the first two letters of the Greek word ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ or Christos. Chi-Rho is a Christogram, a monogram forming an abbreviation of the name…

  • 1028-1034 Romanus III Byzantine Follis

    1028-1034 Romanus III Byzantine Follis

    Here is a coin which neatly fits both my interest in Roman coins AND in Christian themed pieces. Issued under Byzantine emperor Romanus III, this Follis is generally called an “Anonymous” follis because it doesn’t include the emperor’s name. My piece is, admittedly, not in the condition it left the Constantinople mint (Modern day Turkey)…