The Roman, Byzantine, crusader and other coins below carry the symbols of Christ. In 312 A.D., Constantine dreamed he saw a Chi RhoChristogram in the sky and heard the words IN HOC SIGNO ERIS, meaning "In this sign you will be the victor." He ordered the sign of Christ on his legions' standards and shields. He won a great victory and later became the first Christian Roman Emperor. Click here to read Christian Themes in Byzantine Coinage by Zach Margulies.
AeliaVerina, Augusta 7 February 457 - 484 A.D.
Verina was the highly ambitious and capable wife of Leo I. After the death of her husband she continued to exercise great influence in the governing of the Empire. She was responsible for inciting two failed rebellions against Zeno, by her brother Basiliscus in 475 - 476 and then by Leontius in 484 - 488. She died while under siege at the fortress of Cherris in Isauria, in 484 A.D.
SH67607. Bronze AE 2, RIC X 655 var, LRBC 2253 var (reverselegend is normally SALVS REI-PVBLICAE), F, open flan crack, weight 3.240 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse AEL VERINA AVG, draped bust right; reverse SALV REI-PVBLICAE (sic), Victory seated right, holding shield inscribed chi-rho on cippus, CONE in exergue; very rare; $560.00 (€420.00)