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.
Byzantine Empire, Nicephorus Basilacius, Usurper, 1078 A.D.
Nicephorus Basilacius, a rebel general, revolted against emperor Nicephorus III and held Thessalonica during the summer of 1078. General Alexios Komnenos surprised and defeated Basilakes in a night attack eighteen miles from the city. Basilakes fled back to Thessalonica but he was seized by his own soldiers and delivered to Nikephoros III who ordered that Basilakes be blinded.
SH60637. Bronze follis, DOC III, part 2, 2c (Nicephorus Bryennius); SBCV 1890, VF, overstruck, weight 3.498 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonica mint, 1078 A.D.; obverse IC - XC (Jesus Christ), facing bust of Christ, nimbus with cross ornamented with five pellets in each limb, wearing tunic and himation, right hand raised in blessing, scroll in left; reverse jewelled patriarchal cross set on base, each arm ends in three pellets, X at lower intersection, C - B / N - B (Σταυρε Bοηθει Nικηφορω Bασιλακη - May this cross aid victory for Basilacius) in quarters; green patina with nice earthen highlighting; extremely rare; $1050.00 (€787.50)