Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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The first representation of Chirst to appear on Imperial coinage was struck in the reign of the Emperor Justinian II (705-711). Up this reign, Byzantine coinage continued the iconographic tradition of Rome on its coinage with the addition of the Christinan monogram. Below is an example of a gold solidus sytuck in Constantinople in 705 at the beginning of the reign of Justinian – which continues to denote the Emperor in Roman rather than Greek letters.
The iconography of Christ on the obverse is typically late antique: Christ, in toga, bearded, right hand blessing, left hand holding the Gospel, cross behind head with the legend: Dominus Iesus Rex Regnantium (the Lod Jesus, King of Rulers).
On the reverse, Justinian, crowned, dressed in the loros, without pendillia, long hair, bearded, holding the cross potent in his right hand and the globus cruciger (patriarchal) with the inscription “Pax” in his left, with the legend Iustinianus Rex mul(tus) Aug(augustus).