Byzantine gold coin with 'face of Jesus' unearthed by metal detectorist in Norway

Source: Live Science

December 11, 2023

A metal detectorist stumbled upon a rare gold coin while exploring the mountains in southern Norway.

A metal detectorist discovered a 1,000-year-old gold coin depicting Jesus Christ while exploring the mountains in Vestre Slidre, a municipality in southern Norway.

Known as a "histamenon nomisma," this type of small coin was first introduced around A.D. 960. It shows Jesus holding a Bible on one side and the images of Basil II and Constantine VII, two brothers who both ruled the Byzantine Empire, on the other, according to a translated statement.

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