Authentic ancient Byzantine cup coins, LOT OF 2, first to depict Jesus Christ on a coin, ca 1100 AD, copper (c5521)


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Authentic ancient Byzantine coins, electronically cleaned, ready for jewelry

Our shop's in Windsor, California, USA,  selling lapidary preformed (sanded and shaped) slabs and electronically cleaned ancient Greek and Roman coins ready for jewelry or display. 

Lot of 2 Authentic Ancient Byzantine Cup Coins

Byzantine was the first to depict Jesus Christ on a coin Ca 1100 AD. In the bowl on both coins you will find readable legends, on the bubble of the coin they are faint. On the smaller coin I don't know who is in the bowl, it looks like Jesus Christ on the bubble, which is really faint. On the larger of the coins it looks like a Byzantine Coin during the rein of Manuel I Comnenus from 1143-1180 AD, the bowl shows Alexius (on left) and St. Constantine (on rt) holding cross and labarum, On the bubble, which is faint, would be the bust of Christ, wearing nimbus, pallium and colobrium, holding scroll and raising hand in benediction,

I'm not really positive on the identification of these 2 coins because I can't see all of the legends. It is just my best guess. Excellent coins for you to do further searching unless you are and expert and know who they are and what they are.

Approx size: use the 18mm coin to help in visualization.

Approx size: 20 by 18 and 13 by 16, both 1 mm thick, weight: .9 and .4 grams


If you have a report on the coin that states all the particulars of the coin and attests to the authenticity, shows pictures of both the front and back, that report would have cost a minimum of $40, and it would of come from an accredited dealer that is authorized to evaluate a coin. I can see the necessity for a certificate if the coin is of a great value, but not inexpensive coins (coins under $200). I don't give out certificates but I guarantee the coins I sell to be authentic and if they are suspect I will tell you so.

I purchased my coins in auctions from respected dealers that guaranteed they were authentic or dug up in areas where authentic coins were being found by licensed excavators, in foreign countries. I normally had to clean the coins when I got them. I then researched them on the internet and in books in order to identify them. If your worried about your coin being a counterfeit or copy, don't be, counterfeit coins have been identified from as far back as the time the originals were made, even experts would have a hard time identifying a lot these types of coins, as for fakes, most copies are poorly made and are easy to identify To help with identifying some of my coins I used internet sites that show fakes along side the originals and point out the differences.

We state they are authentic, in the unlikely event that a coin I sell is later deemed by an expert (one who has credentials) to be a fake or counterfeit, I will refund your cost of the coin, including shipping, and I will forward info on the coin to several sites on the Internet that list and show coins that are fakes or counterfeit.

COMBINING: If your combined items will fit in my standard 9x7x3" bubble envelope you will only be charged for the actual weight. Any shipping overage you may have paid will be returned manually before I ship your package.

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