Symbols of Early Christianity on Ancient Roman and Medieval Coins

Symbols of Early Christianity on Ancient Roman and Medieval Coins

Symbols of Early Christianity on Ancient Roman and Medieval

Christianity spread originally in the ancient Roman empire. The emperor
Constantine I, the Great had the
First Council of Nicaea standardize Christianity circa 325 A.D.. Since those times, the
symbols of Christianity were well wide-spread on ancient coinage. Certainly an
interesting topic to collect and explore. This article puts many different
topics relating to Christianity together for a quick guide to those topics on
ancient coins. There may be more topics to explore, and I would like to add them
to the list, if you should like to let me know about them. May this be helpful
to you.

  1. Coins of Jerusalem
    are certainly another interesting topic to collect,
    that are connected with the “Holy Land”

  2. Tribute Penny
    coins were issued by


    Roman Emperor
    : 14-37 A.D. –
  3. Pontius Pilate – Known chiefly for the Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
    His coins exist and are an interesting area to collect.

  4. Constantine I ‘The Great’

    Roman Emperor
    : 307-337 A.D. – is also known as saint Constantine, and are important for Christianity.

  5. Saint Helena, the mother of Constantine the
  6. Aelia Flacilla Roman Empress Theodosius I Wife 379-385 A.D.,
    known as the Orthodox Saint Aelia Flacilla

  7. Coins with the cross
    on them were mostly minted by emperors
    Theodosius II and


    Coins of Theodosius II and Arcadius Depicted the Cross on them

  8. Coins with the Chi-Rho,
    a combination of the initials of Jesus Christ in Greek, the letters X and P. The
    pronunciation of those two letters was actually Chi for X and Rho for the P.
    This symbol was said “By this Sign I shall Conquer” used by

    Constantine I ‘The Great’
    . Notice how in the coin on the right, the emperor
    holds a captive by the head, while holding the standard with the
    Chi-Rho, called

    Ancient Roman Coins of Valentinian featured the Chi-Rho early Christ Monogram

  9. Ancient Roman coins depicting Angels, know in Roman times as Victory.
    It is easy to establish a connection with the ancient Greek goddess
    that was adopted by the early Christians and known nowadays as angels.

    Ancient Roman Angel Coins Can also be Interpreted as Victory or VIctoria

  10. Jesus Christ on ancient/medieval Byzantine Coins

    Jesus Christ Ancient Coins Featured Him Holding the Book of Gospels are available for sale

  11. Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ

  12. Byzantine Coins depicting various saints.

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