MICHAEL, CONSTANTIUS AND ANDRONICUS; CHRIST ON REAR Genuine Byzantine Gold Coin 10th Cent. AD 18kt Gold Pendant

• Handmade 100% Made in Italy • Genuine Byzantine Gold Coin 10th cent. AD • Bezel material: 18kt Gold

An authentic Byzantine 24kt gold coin - Histamenon - (1068-1071 AD) is set in this beautiful 18kt Gold pendant, depicting Michael VII, Constantius & Andronicus. On the rear, we can see Christ crowning emperor Romanus IV and Eudocia.

Front Design:
The front of the coin showcases the busts of Emperor Michael VII and his brothers, Constantius and Andronicus. Michael VII, also known as Michael Doukas, was a Byzantine Emperor known for his scholarly pursuits and tumultuous reign marked by military and economic challenges. The intricate details of their likenesses provide a window into the artistry and symbolism of the Byzantine period.

Rear Design:
The reverse side of the coin features a solemn and sacred depiction of Christ crowning Romanus IV Diogenes and Empress Eudocia Makrembolitissa. Romanus IV was co-emperor with Michael VII for a brief period, and this imagery signifies the divine approval of their rule, a common theme in Byzantine iconography to legitimize and sanctify imperial power.

Historical Context:
The Histamenon was a gold coin introduced by Emperor Nicephorus II Phocas in the 10th century, and it became a standard currency in the Byzantine Empire. By the time of Michael VII's reign, these coins were a medium of exchange and a means of propagating imperial imagery and religious authority.

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