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Ancient Byzantine Copper Cross c.AD 600-1100 (Premium Group)

Ancient Byzantine Copper Cross c.AD 600-1100 (Premium Group)
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Why add an ancient Copper Cross from the Byzantine Empire to your collection?

The division of the Roman Empire into Eastern and Western regions occurred around AD 285. While the Western Empire fell in the 5th century, the Eastern Empire, more commonly known as the Byzantine Empire, continued to flourish for an additional thousand years. Constantine I, also known as Constantine the Great, ruler from AD 306-337, was the first Emperor to convert to Christianity. He was co-author of the Edict of Milan in 313, which declared religious tolerance for Christianity in the Roman Empire. A decade later, he declared Christianity the official religion of the Empire.

Symbolism of the Byzantine Cross

The Byzantine Cross is a symbol of Christian faith and spirituality as it developed within the Empire. The Latin style cross resembles the Chi Rho which began to appear in imagery and on coinage associated with Constantine I. The Chi Rho is one of the earliest forms of a christogram, created from the letters "X" and "P," the first two letters of the Greek word Christos (to Christ).

Artifacts representing the Byzantine Empire's conversion from Paganism to Christianity are typically found in the Balkans, Near East and the Holy Land. Each relic included in ModernCoinMart's collection of ancient Byzantine Copper Crosses, produced sometime during the 7th-12th centuries AD, is unique! Styles vary, measuring 2"-4" in length; some featuring shaped arms, inscriptions and/or stylized religious-themed ornamentation.

Don't miss this opportunity to add a unique Copper Cross representing Christianity in the Byzantine Empire to your collection!


Year of Issue:c.AD 400-1000
Grading Service:Uncertified