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Solidus of Justinian II (685-95)

Date:
692–695
Geography:
Made in Constantinople
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 13/16 x 1/16 in. (2 x 0.1 cm)
Classification:
Coins
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number:
10.130.1495
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
Christ first appears on coins of Justinian II, shown as Pantokrator, Ruler of All.
The Empire's gold coins set an artistic and monetary standard for the Mediterranean world throughout most of Byzantine history. By the middle Byzantine period, a ruler portrait appeared on one side, with a religious icon on the other. Inscriptions were in either Greek, the official language of the Empire, or Latin, its original official language. The images reflected the artistic currents of their times.
Chauncey Murch, Luxor, Egypt (d. 1907); Helen Miller Gould, New York (until 1910); Mrs. Chauncey Murch(1907–10)
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