Histamenon of Romanos III Argyros, Gold, Byzantine

Histamenon of Romanos III Argyros

Date:
1028–34
Geography:
Made in Constantinople
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
Overall: 7/8 x 1/16 in. (2.3 x 0.1 cm)
Classification:
Coins
Credit Line:
Bequest of Joseph H. Durkee, 1898
Accession Number:
99.35.7411
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
Joseph H. Durkee, Paris (until 1898)