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Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |Justinian Dynasty| > |Justin I| > BZ66817
Byzantine Empire, Justin I, 10 July 518 - 1 August 527 A.D.
The Christogram (also called a Monogramma Christi or Chrismon) is a ligature of Chi (X) and Rho (P), the first two letters of Christ in Greek. It was among the earliest symbols of Christianity. The crucifix was rarely used in early Christian iconography, perhaps because most people then had personally witnessed its gruesome use for public execution.
BZ66817. Bronze pentanummium, DOC I 36, SBCV 92, Wroth BMC 47, Morrisson BnF I 2/Cp/AE/8, Hahn MIB I 46, Tolstoi 89, Ratto -, gVF, nice green patina, Nikomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, weight 2.109g, maximum diameter 14.2mm, die axis 225o, 518 - 527; obverse D N IVSTINVS P AVC (illegible, which is typical for this issue), diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Christogram (Greek XP ligature - Christ monogram), N (mintmark) left, E (mark of value) right; ex Gibud - Naumann Auction 2, lot 317; scarce; SOLD



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