GENUINE BYZANTINE COIN NECKLACE (CHRIST, KING OF KINGS ANONYMOUS FOLLIS; 1023-1028 AD)
This delicate charm necklace features a genuine Byzantine Christ, King of Kings coin set with a four-prong setting (reversible - photos 1 & 2). From around 1023-1028 A.D., this coin has made quite the journey to get here! The coin rests on a 22kt Gold Vermeil (90% Gold) over Sterling snake chain perfect everyday wear.
Christ, King of Kings Coin - Anonymous Follis Mint (Byzantine Empire) - XRSTUS / bASILEU / bASILE on back
Necklace Length: 18 inches
Charm Drop: 1.6 inches
Coin Height: 1.15 inches
Spring Ring Clasp
** PLEASE NOTE: This is the exact coin you will receive! As all of these ancient coins were made by hand (and have aged about 1000 years), they all have unique shapes and printings; and are therefore one of a kind.
This 10th Century coin was made anonymously in place of the earlier coins that depicted the Byzantine emperor. They feature the bust of Jesus Christ holding the gospel on the front with the cross over his left shoulder and a halo around his head. On the back, they are inscribed with "XRSTUS / bASILEU / bASILE" meaning "Christ, King of Kings" - this coin is stamped upside-down compared to the front. To have one of these coins in your possession was seen as a sign of prestige throughout the rest of the Byzantine empire. Has a beautiful and unique paler green patina.
*** NOTE: Necklace comes with a card of authenticity and the explanation of what the coin is.