Ancient Byzantine 'Portrait of Christ' Coins. 969 - 1081 AD
Some of the first coin issues ever to depict Jesus Christ

These coins were minted at a time surrounding the end of the first millenium (or THE millenium to the ancients), and it was "known" far and wide that the world was about to end. So, everyone got super pious and brought religion into every aspect of their everyday life... even making their coins, front and back, carriers of the image and message of God. It is said that upon the eve of December 31, 999 AD (Y1K), everyone packed into churches to spend the night, just to make sure they got a good spot on the way up to heaven.

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Reign of Constantine IX, 1042 - 1055 AD. Class D bronze follis.
+EMMANOVHA. Christ, nimbate, with pallium and colobrium, seated in throne, holding Book of Gospels. IC-XC.
IS \ XS, bAS-ILE \ bASILE, with Cross above. 32x28 mm, 6.61 g. Gorgeous patina. #CB2021: $150

Reign of Romanus III, 1028 - 1034 AD. Class B bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
Cross with IS \ XS above, bAS-ILE \ bASILE below. 28x30 mm.
#424659: $80


Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Class A1 bronze follis. Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC. rev: IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE in four lines. 26 mm, 9.21 g. ref: DOC A2.41; SB 1818. VF, dark green patina. Incredible detail! ex-CNG. The best I of the entire group! #CB2051: $250


Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Class A1 bronze follis. Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC. rev: IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE in four lines. 25mm, 11.36 g. ref: DOC A2.41; SB 1818. Near VF, dark green patina. Incredible detail! ex-CNG. Really a fantastic example. #CB2052: $225


Reign of Romanus III, 1028 - 1034 AD. Class B bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
Cross with IS \ XS above, bAS-ILE \ bASILE below. 30 mm, 9.00 g. ref: S1823. Excellent, clear facial detail on Christ, dark brown patina, ancient edge split. #CB2045: $199


Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Class A1 bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE (Jesus Christ King of Kings) in four lines. 31x27 mm, 9.81 g. Neat, crude edge. #CB2004: $145


Byzantine Empire. Time of Constantine X Ducas and his empress Eudocia, December 25 1059-May 21 1067 AD. Excellent bronze follis. Christ standing facing, holding Book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHL IC-XC/ Eudocia on left, Constantine on right, standing, holding labarum with cross upon three steps. Each wears crown and loros. Excellent brassy/brown patina, sharp detail. About as good as these get! ref: Sear 1853, BMC 18-31. 27 mm, 8.44 g. ex-Frank S. Robinson, NY. #CB2047: $250

Reign of Constantine IX, 1042 - 1055 AD. Class D bronze follis.
+EMMANOVHA. Christ, nimbate, with pallium and colobrium, seated in throne, holding Book of Gospels. IC-XC.
IS \ XS, bAS-ILE \ bASILE, with Cross above. Great detail! Nice earthen deposits. 25 mm, 9.39 g. ref: SB 1836, Doc III D, Berk 953. #27203: $150



Reign of Romanus III, 1028 - 1034 AD. Class B bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
Cross with IS \ XS above, bAS-ILE \ bASILE below. Excellent emerald-green patina with nice layer of earthen encrustation. Measures 28x33 mm. Excellent portrait! A very pleasing coin with nice relief (unfortunately bad photo).
#8381: $95


Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Huge Class A1 bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE in four lines. Large 32 mm diameter. Set in custom sterling silver bezel with antiqued patina. Nicer than photo allows!
#424663x2: $110
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Reign of Constantine IX, 1042 - 1055 AD. Class D bronze follis.
+EMMANOVHA. Christ, nimbate, with pallium and colobrium, seated in throne, holding Book of Gospels. IC-XC.
IS \ XS, bAS-ILE \ bASILE, with Cross above. 28 mm. #701: $75
SOLD

GEM OF THE COLLECTION!
Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Class A1 bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE in four lines. Large coin with amazing, sharp detail and pleasing glossy patina. 34 mm. A collector-quality beauty! #3210: $245
SOLD

Nicephorus III, 1078 - 1081 AD. Class I bronze follis.
Nimbate bust of Christ facing, raising right hand, IC-XC / Latin cross with X at center, floral design and pellets around. 24 mm. #713: $75
SOLD

Reign of Romanus III, 1028 - 1034 AD. Class B bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
Cross with IS \ XS above, bAS-ILE \ bASILE below. Lovely olive-green patina with nice layer of earthen encrustation. Partially double-struck on reverse. 27 mm. A very pleasing piece with good character!
#8395: $85 SOLD


Reign of Romanus III, 1028 - 1034 AD. Class B bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
Cross with IS \ XS above, bAS-ILE \ bASILE below. 27 mm. Nice detail!
#424649: $110 SOLD



Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Class A1 bronze follis. Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC. rev: IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE in four lines. 28 mm, 11.17 g. Dark olive-green patina. ex-CNG. #2835762: $85 SOLD

Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Class A1 bronze follis. Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC. rev: IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE in four lines. 25x27 mm, 4.73 g. Glossy deep green patina. Nicer than photo. #64192: $125 SOLD

Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Class A1 bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE (Jesus Christ King of Kings) in four lines. 27 mm, 11.04 g. Lovely, bright tone. #CB2001: $150
SOLD

Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Class A1 bronze follis. Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC. rev: IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE in four lines. Gorgeous glossy maroon to green patina. 28 mm.
#424654: $90 SOLD


Reign of Constantine X, 1059 - 1067 AD. Class E bronze follis.
Obv: Christ, nimbate, with pallium and colobrium, holding Book of Gospels, IC-XC. Rev: IS \ XS, bAS-ILE \ bASILE. Amazing facial features and detail of Jesus Christ on this coin! Original desert-sand patina. 26 mm. #7144: $125
SOLD

Reign of Romanus III, 1028 - 1034 AD. Class B bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
Cross with IS \ XS above, bAS-ILE \ bASILE below. 31 mm tall. Jet-black patina, an amazing specimen! #3269: $149
SOLD

Romanus IV, 1068 - 1071 AD. Class G bronze follis.
Christ, nimbate, with pallium and colobrium, with hand raised in benediction, and holding scroll. IC-XC. / Facing bust of Virgin Mary orans, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorium. Wonderful, detailed portraits of both Christ and Mary! 28 mm tall. #
710: $175 SOLD

Reign of Constantine IX, 1042 - 1055 AD. Class D bronze follis.
+EMMANOVHA. Christ, nimbate, with pallium and colobrium, seated in throne, holding Book of Gospels. IC-XC.
IS \ XS, bAS-ILE \ bASILE, with Cross above. Great detail! 29 mm.
#424652: $130 SOLD


Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Excellent Class A1 bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE in four lines. 28 mm. Excellent detail! A beautiful coin with a sharp bust. #20080: $135
SOLD

Reign of Michael IV, 1034 - 1041 AD. Class C bronze follis. +EMMANOVHA. Christ, nimbate, with pallium and colobrium, with rt hand raised in benediction. In left hand Book of Gospels. / IC-XC-NI-KA divided by jewelled cross. Fantastic specimen, excellent condition for type! Beautiful olive-green patina with nice earthen highlights. ex-Classical Numismatic Group (CNG). 27x29 mm, 9.58 g. #2835763: $175 SOLD

Reign of Romanus III, 1028 - 1034 AD. Class B bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
Cross with IS \ XS above, bAS-ILE \ bASILE below. Excellent detail! A chunky 27 mm, 11.78 grams! ex-Ephesus Numismatics. A gorgeous coin. #10281: $250
SOLD

Reign of Romanus III, 1028 - 1034 AD. Class B bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
Cross with IS \ XS above, bAS-ILE \ bASILE below. 32 mm, 11.16 g. Gorgeous glossy deep green patina. ex-Classical Numismatic Group (CNG). #2835761: $150
SOLD

BEST OF THE COLLECTION!
Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. HUGE Class A1 bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE in four lines. Large coin with amazing, sharp detail and dark patina. ref: SB 1813. Huge 34 mm, 18.47 g. ex-Frank S Robinson, Albany NY. #CB2039: $225
SOLD

Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Class A1 bronze follis. Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC. rev: IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE in four lines. Nice red-sand to black patina! Huge 31x33 mm.
#424650: $110 SOLD


Reign of Romanus III, 1028 - 1034 AD. Class B bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
Cross with IS \ XS, bAS-ILE \ bASILE. Fantastic coin! Amazing olive green patina with desert-sand highlights. Great detail. A gem! 29x32 mm. #3548: $125
SOLD

Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Class A1 bronze follis. Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC. rev: IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE in four lines. Amazing, sharp detail and pleasing desert-sand patina. Very rare to have this definitiion in Christ's face. 30 mm. #cf318: $199 SOLD

Reign of Michael IV, 1034 - 1041 AD. Class C bronze follis. +EMMANOVHA. Christ, nimbate, with pallium and colobrium, with rt hand raised in benediction. In left hand Book of Gospels. / IC-XC-NI-KA divided by jewelled cross. Fantastic specimen, excellent condition for type! 27x30 mm. #3372: $175 SOLD

Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Class A1 bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE in four lines. Near-perfect portrait! 30 mm. Lovely, bright glossy tone. Excellent coin from my own personal collection. A gem of a piece! #8449: $250
SOLD

Reign of Constantine IX, 1042 - 1055 AD. Class D bronze follis.
+EMMANOVHA. Christ, nimbate, with pallium and colobrium, seated in throne, holding Book of Gospels. IC-XC.
IS \ XS, bAS-ILE \ bASILE, with Cross above. 29x24 mm. Absolutely beautiful glossy patina!
#424655: $145 SOLD

Reign of Michael IV, 1034 - 1041 AD. Class C bronze follis.
+EMMANOVHA. Christ, nimbate, with pallium and colobrium, with rt hand raised in benediction. In left hand Book of Gospels. / IC-XC-NI-KA divided by jewelled cross. (reverse photographed upside-down). Arab countermark on obverse!!! 27 mm.
#424648: $85 SOLD

Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Class A1 bronze follis. Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC. rev: IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE in four lines. Amazing, sharp detail. Very rare to have this definitiion in Christ's face. 26 mm, 7.03 g. Dark olive-green patina. Excellent! ex-CNG. #cng2835764: $150 SOLD

Byzantine Empire, Michael IV, 1034 - 1041 AD. Bronze Follis, Anonymous Class C type. Constantinople mint. 3/4 length figure of Christ Antiphonetes facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, holding book of Gospels, IC-XC in fields. / IC-XC NI-KA in two lines divided by a jeweled cross with globules at the extremities. 12.50 g. 27 mm. ref: DO 4; SB 1825. aVF. Nice! #CB2049: $150 SOLD

Byzantine Empire, time of Romanus IV, AD 1068 - 1071. Anonymous Class G Follis, Constantinople mint. Bust of Christ facing, raising rt. hand in benediction and holding scroll in lt.; IC in l. field; XC in r. field. / Facing bust of the Virgin Mary orans, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorium; MR in l. field; QV in r. field. 5.88 g. 26 mm. ref: SB 1867. VF, nice patina. #CB2050: $150 SOLD
Reign of John I, 969 - 976 AD. Class A2 bronze follis.
Christ facing with book of Gospels, +EMMANOVHA IX-XC.
IhSUS \ XRISTUS \ bASILEU \ bASILE (Jesus Christ King of Kings) in four lines. Red to black patina. ref: DOC A2.41; SB 1818. 29 mm, 9,73 g. #CB2043: $99
SOLD

Reign of Romanus IV, 1068-1071 AD. Rare Class G bronze follis. Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus, pallium & colobrium, holding scroll and raising right hand in benediction, IC-XC to sides, within border of pellets / Facing bust of the Virgin MAry with arms upraised orans, wearing nimbus, pallium and maphorium, within border of pellets. ref: SB 1866. 27 mm, 9.93 g. #CB2037: $99 SOLD


Byzantine Empire. 29 mm, nice emerald-green patina.

TYPE??? #424647