A BYZANTINE GOLD SOLIDUS IN 18K GOLD SETTING
Catalog:Coins:Byzantine and Crusader: stock #666747
Reign of Emperor Flavius Phocas Augustus (602-610 A.D.)
From the Mint of Constantinople, 603-607 A.D.
Obverse: Crowned, draped, and cuirassed frontal facing bust, holding globus cruciger.
Reverse: Angel standing front facing, holding staff surmounted by a Christogram and globus cruciger.
Coin found in Bethlehem. In very good condition. Set in modern handmade 18K gold flexible bezel, crafted by the finest Armenian jeweler in Jerusalem.
29 mm diameter; 12.6 g
Shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority
The globus cruciger (Latin, "cross-bearing orb") is an orb (globus) topped with a cross (crux) .
It was used by powerful rulers and celestial beings alike; it adorned portrayals of both emperors and kings, as well as archangels.
It first appeared on coins in the early 5th century and remained popular throughout the Middle Ages in coins.