Running a close second is my Alexander 2
edge. Image of Christ fairly sharp, as are the two figures on obverse. Given age of the coin, it is remarkable!
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Why add this Byzantine Empire 1304-1320 Portrait of Jesus Silver Basilikon to your collection?
The Basilikon was a high purity (.920 fine) silver coin introduced in 1304, during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Andronicus II Palaeologus (1282-1328). Design of the coin, featuring the Portrait of Jesus, closely resembles the Venetian Silver Grosso introduced in the late 12th century. This extremely fine example of the Byzantine Mint's 1304-1320 Silver Andronicus II Basilikon measures approximately 20 mm in diameter.
Portrait of Christ Enthroned
Jesus Christ is depicted on the obverse, seated upon a decorated throne, with his right hand raised in benediction, while grasping the Gospels in his left.
The reverse features Andronicus II on the left, portrayed standing beside his son and co-emperor Michael IX, each facing forward with a hand supporting the labarum between them. An inscription representing "God aid the emperors of the Romans" curves around the image.
Graded Extremely Fine by NGC
This Silver Portrait of Jesus Basilikon, struck 1304-1320 for Byzantine Emperor Andronicus II, received the grade of Extremely Fine (XF) from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) division specializing in Ancient coinage. Having characteristics equivalent to a coin graded 40 on the Sheldon Scale, the coin will exhibit complete details, with minor flattening on the highest design elements. The coin is presented in a Story Vault style case, featuring the encapsulated, certified coin beside an information card which briefly summarizes the history of Jesus Christ's portrait on Byzantine coinage.
Don't hesitate to add this Extremely Fine Silver Byzantine Imperial Basilikon to your collection!
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This Byzantine Empire Silver Andronicus II Basilikon Portrait of Jesus Coin NGC XF Story Vault is proudly minted by the Byzantine Mint. Byzantine Mints produced coins that offer modern collectors a fascinating look into a poignant period of history.