Description:This 10th century coin features Jesus Christ Pantokrator “Christ in Majesty”, wearing a cruciform nimbus crown, pallium and colobium, while holding a Gospel book and raising his hand in benediction. After the fall of Rome, the Byzantine Empire was the cradle of Christianity and home of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The reverse of this gold coin depicts the crowned Emperor's Constantine VII and Romanus II holding a long patriarchal cross between them. Constantine VII "The Purple-born" reigned from 913 to 959, though he shared his throne with his son Romanus II in 945. His nickname alludes to the Purple Room of the Imperial Palace, where legitimate children of reigning Emperors were born.
Constantine VII was renowned for his abilities as a writer and scholar. He is remembered as an excellent Emperor and did much to develop higher education and the administration of justice. In 947, Constantine ordered the immediate restitution, without compensation, of all peasant lands.
This gold Jesus Christ coin was hand struck over 6 centuries after Constantine I announced Roman toleration of Christianity in the Edict of Milan, which removed penalties for professing Christianity. As this coin shows, Byzantine art was mainly devoted to the Christian faith which flourished for over a thousand years under their protection.