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Byzantine Empire, Terracotta Pilgrim's Token of the True Cross, c. 7th Century A.D.
Includes a Certificate of Authenticity Signed by David Hendin author of the Guide to Biblical Coins.
During the war between the Byzantine and Sassanian Empires in the 7th Century A.D., Khosrau II captured Jerusalem and took the True Cross to Persia as spoils of war. It was recovered by Heraclius, taken first to Constantinople and then across Asia Minor back to Jerusalem. According to legend, during its return journey a piece of the cross was taken and burned, the ashes were mixed with clay and tokens were made commemorating the safe return of the True Cross to Jerusalem.
AS67491. Clay token, Mitchiner Badges
C, 1067 - 1069; Staffordshire University, Flaxman Gallery, 1995 - 1996 Season Catalog, p. 19, 82 - 86, obverse
flanked by half length busts, usually identified as either St. Peter
and St. Paul, or as Constantine the Great and, his mother, Saint Helena
Catalog current as of Friday, May 24, 2019.
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