Coin from the Byzantine Empire bearing likeness of Christ

Description

Coin from the Byzantine Empire, very likely from the reign of Basill II, bearing a faint front-facing bust of Jesus Christ. The obverse shows Christ surrounded by a nimbate cross. In his left hand is a book of the Gospels. Though worn, the lettering on the obverse flanking the portrait is likely IC-XC, an abbreviation for Jesus Christ. The reverse carries four lines of text reading IhSUS XRISTUS bASILEU bASILE, Jesus Christ King of Kings.

Physical Description

1 coin : bronze ; 3 cm. in diam.

Creation Information

Creator: Unknown. 0976/1028.

Context

This physical object is part of the collection entitled: Abilene Library Consortium and was provided by the Abilene Christian University Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 334 times, with 23 in the last month. More information about this object can be viewed below.

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Description

Coin from the Byzantine Empire, very likely from the reign of Basill II, bearing a faint front-facing bust of Jesus Christ. The obverse shows Christ surrounded by a nimbate cross. In his left hand is a book of the Gospels. Though worn, the lettering on the obverse flanking the portrait is likely IC-XC, an abbreviation for Jesus Christ. The reverse carries four lines of text reading IhSUS XRISTUS bASILEU bASILE, Jesus Christ King of Kings.

Physical Description

1 coin : bronze ; 3 cm. in diam.

Notes

According to Hutchinson, this is an example of the first coin to bear a likeness to Christ. Research indicates it very likely from the reign of Basil II; if it is not an example of the earliest image of the bust of Christ on coinage, it is very early.

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  • Accession or Local Control No: 30_FIRST_COIN_TO_BEAR_A_LIKENESS_OF_CHRIST_acu_coin_sleeve4_row2_space3
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metapth637055

Collections

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Abilene Library Consortium

Featuring thousands of newspapers, photographs, sound recordings, technical drawings, and much more, this diverse collection tells the story of Texas through the preservation and exhibition of valuable resources.

ACU Ancient Coins Collection

This collection, donated to Abilene Christian University by Warren L. Hutchinson in 1980, consists of forty-four ancient coins from the Mediterranean and the Near East. The coins range in date from the 3rd century B.C. to the 6th century A.D.

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Creation Date

  • 0976/1028

Coverage Date

Added to The Portal to Texas History

  • Sept. 9, 2015, 7:06 a.m.

Description Last Updated

  • Oct. 22, 2018, 4:34 p.m.

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Coin from the Byzantine Empire bearing likeness of Christ, physical object, 0976/1028; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth637055/: accessed July 24, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.

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