A BYZANTINE GOLD COIN WITH CHRIST ENTHRONED
Catalog:Coins:Byzantine and Crusader: stock #680282
Reign of Emperor Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.)
Obverse: Christ enthroned frontal facing, raising hand in benediction and holding Gospels.
Reverse: Alexius, wearing divitision, and jeweled chlamys, standing facing, holding labarum and globus cruciger; being crowned by manus Dei.
In very fine condition.
29 mm diameter; 4.24 g.
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Alexius I Comnenus : Byzantine emperor (1081-1118):
Founder of the Comnenus dynasty, Alexius (also Alexios Komnenos; sometimes spelled "Alexis") was emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire at the time of the First Crusade. He succeeded in strengthening the empire after its defeats by the Normans and Turks. He is the subject of a biography by his learned daughter, Anna Comnena .
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.