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Histamenon of Constantine IX Monomachos (1042-55)

Date:
1042–55
Geography:
Made in Constantinople
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 1/8 x 1/16 in. (2.8 x 0.1 cm)
Classification:
Coins
Credit Line:
Bequest of Gwynne M. Andrews, 1931
Accession Number:
31.33.248
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 300
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.
Inscription: obv.: +CWhST ATH bASLILE YSRM rev: +IhSXISREXREgNANT IhM.
Gwynne M. Andrews(until 1931)
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