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Byzantine Coins

The Byzantine Empire was originally known as the Eastern Roman Empire, and most of its coinage follows the pattern of its progenitor. Most coin collectors and historians regard 498 A.D. as the date of the first official Byzantine coinage, as Emperor Anastasius reformed the remains of the original Roman system. Under Anastasius, Byzantine coins were split into gold, called the solidus, and bronze, called the nummus.

The nummus developed denominations, as the tiny nummus coins did not add up to much value on their own. The additional denominations included 5, 10, 20, and 40 nummi. As time passed, the solidus and nummus system was replaced with a new system called the hyperpyron. These coins were frequently minted in a unique cup shape, which some believe... Read more

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