This bronze follis was struck under the rule of Basil II of the Byzantine Empire. Basil II is remembered in history as one of the greatest emperors of the medieval era. He ruled from AD 976 to 1025, a span of fifty years that included the creation of the Varangian Guard, whose only purpose was to protect the emperor and emperors to come for the next three hundred years.
The obverse of the coin depicts the bust of Christ, wearing a nimbus cross and holding the Gospels. The reverse bears a form of ornament above and below an inscription. These follis of Basil II were the very first coins to be minted in bronze with the bust of Christ.
This coin has been placed in a custom, two-toned silver and 14 karat gold setting.
Weight: 12,4 grams
Certificate of Authenticity included.