Empires rise and fall, with only a handful ever claiming global domination through economic, political, and military means. The Byzantine Empire was a dominant power throughout Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages in Europe, controlling lands throughout North Africa to the southern tip of Spain and across the Baltics to the seat of former Roman glory in Rome. Right now, Gold Byzantine Empire Coins are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Coins ship to you inside of protective packaging!
- Struck by the Constantinople Mint from 476 to 1453!
- Consists of actual gold content .14 Troy ounces.
- Bears face values in the denomination known as the Gold Solidus.
- Obverse typically features the image of a Byzantine emperor.
- Reverse bears Christian symbols.
Each of the Gold Byzantine Empire Coins available to you in this Silver.com product listing come from varied years of issue. Silver.com has gold coins for sale with varied date marks and cannot guarantee the specific year of issue or accompanying design. Our warehouse team selects your coins based upon availability at the time your payment is processed.
The Byzantine Empire was the direct descendant empire of the Eastern Roman Empire. During Antiquity, the Roman Empire began to splinter as it was unable to economically sustain its various military campaigns to secure its borders. The empire eventually split into the Western Roman Empire in Rome and the Eastern Roman Empire in Constantinople, which is modern-day Istanbul.
From 395 to 1453, the Byzantine Empire reinforced its borders, grew economically, and asserted its power militarily. By the height of its powers in the Middle Ages, the Byzantine Empire had conquered much of the former Roman Empire in the Baltics, Turkey, Middle East, and North Africa. Byzantine Empire Gold Coins were originally a simple continuation of Eastern Roman Empire coinage.
The first Gold Byzantine Empire Coins were issued with design concepts following the stable approach of Eastern Roman Empire coins. The bust or side profile of the reigning emperor was featured on the obverse, while Christian symbols such as the cross or angels were used on the reverse.
During the reign of Emperor Justinian II, starting in 685, the Gold Byzantine Empire Coins featured different designs. The reverse of the Gold Byzantine Coins of this era include the half-profile or full-profile bust of the emperor, while the obverse features a new bust of Jesus Christ to replace generic Christian symbolism. Gold Byzantine Empire Coins were issued with various designs from 476 to 1453 when the empire was taken down by constant invasions from the Ottoman Turks.
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