Ancient Byzantine Bronze Coin Pendant, 500-600 AD
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All Items: Antiques:Regional Art:Ancient World:Byzantine: Pre AD 1000: item # 901681
Aweidah Gallery - Jerusalem based gallery
P.O.Box 51067 - Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Directly from Jerusalem, an authentic ancient large Byzantine bronze coin mounted on a sterling silver handmade pendant. Dated from, 500 - 600 AD
These are folli or nummi and the value depicited by the letter M is 40. Over the life of the Byzantine Empire they varied in size
The Byzantine bronze coins called a follis weighed at 8.5 grs and were made from the multiple versions of this coin such as the 40 nummi (follis), 20 nummi, 10 nummi, and 5 nummi coins (other denominations were occasionally produced). The obverse (front) of these coins featured a highly stylized portrait of the emperor while the reverse (back) featured the value of the denomination represented according to the Greek numbering system (M=40,K=20,I=10,E=5)
Byzantine coinage is considered to begin late in the 5th century with the monetary reforms of Anastasius I. It was at this time that the characteristic denominations of the Byzantine Empire first appeared - the gold solidus, a continuation of the solidus introduced by Constantine I, and the new follis, introduced by Anastasius as a large bronze coin worth 40 of the tiny bronze nummi which were the only subsidiary denomination to survive the turmoil of the 4th and 5th centuries AD.
Weight: 19.5 grams
Very good condition as shown in the pictures
Found near Jerusalem, Israel
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