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Ancient coin

Description: With the marriage to Emperor Zeno’s widow, Ariadne, Anastasius I became Emperor of Rome in A.D. 491. Anastasius ruled successfully for 27 years. One of his successes was coinage reform. By issuing a much wider range of bronze coins, Anastasius made available coins that were previously in short supply. This financial revelation resulted in the accumulation of 320,000 pounds of gold. Because of changes to the coinage system, many numismatists, those who study money and its history, proclaim this period the end of Roman coinage and the beginning of Byzantine coinage. This particular bronze coin is from the Byzantine period. The reverse side of the coin has a large “K”, standing for 20 nummi, a term used for coined money, a "Gamma" symbol in the right field, a cross in the left, and stars above and below the “K”.
Collection: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Copyright: This file is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Subjects: Greece -- Civilization -- To 146 B.C.
Coinage -- Greece

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