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Coin (miliaresion)

Byzantine silver coin minted in Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) for the emperors Basil II and Constantine VIII (976-1025). On the obverse side of the coin we see the bust images of the Emperors with a cross at the foot, probably Christ's cross on Calvary in Jerusalem. The inscription on this side begins on the left of the cross and translates as: 'Victory in this sign [meaning the cross], Basil and Constantine’. On the reverse side there are five horizontal lines of text: 'Basil (and) Constantine, Born in the Purple, true kings of Rome’. Part of a hoard find, Bjärby, Sjonhem Parish, Gotland.

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Object number: 3001037

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