Origin: Sporting a curious cup shape, nobody knows for sure why the Byzantine Empire struck these coins curved instead of flat. It was no easy task either—in an era before precision tools, painstaking care was required. Theories have included making them easier to stack or harder to counterfeit, but the leading answer is that it made the thin coins harder to bend.
The Byzantine Empire (also known as the Eastern Roman Empire) was a continuation of the ancient Roman Empire. It technically formed in 395 AD when the empire split into East and West, though Romans at the time hardly made that distinction. While the Western Empire would fall in the late 400's AD, Byzantine rule lasted well into the Middle Ages until 1453.
These coins are a product of a deeply religious society—each features imagery of Jesus Christ and/or the Virgin Mary on the obverse, and one of about a dozen 13th century emperors is shown on the reverse. Each coin measures around 0.6 to 0.7 inches (15 to 18 mm) in diameter, and is made of a copper-silver alloy known as billon. They have been inspected by an ANA Certified numismatist and are guaranteed authentic.
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A mosaic of Justinian I, one of the early Byzantine emperors (via Wikimedia)
Your order will include:
One Byzantine trachy, circa 1200 - 1300 AD
- Glass top leather display box
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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Frequently Asked Questions:
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When you buy from History Hoard, you can rest assured that each of your new relics has been thoroughly inspected under the careful eyes of an antiquities specialist. Only items that are 100% certain to be authentic get sent to our customers.
Plus, we take great care to source our relics from only vetted antiquities experts, who are also committed to providing genuine and ethically sourced relics.
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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.
Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.
While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.
History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.
No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.
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