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The Byzantine Coins

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Abstract For modern historians, the "Byzantine Coins" term refers to the metal gold, silver, or copper Byzantine coins struck by the Byzantine Empire, that lasted for about one thousand-and-one hundred-and-fifty years (305-1453 CE). During that period, the Empire has minted several coins that had about eighteen names. Although none of these coins were called the Beznt, this is how the traders of other countries referred to the Byzantine Coins throughout the Medieval Period. In fact, the Crusade Kingdom of Jerusalem has minted a gold coin named The Beznt in the city of Acre, dating back to the period of 1148-1165 CE. Moreover, the Kingdom of Cyprus has also issued a gold coin called The Beznt in the Middle Ages, dating back to the reign of King Henry II, 1218-1253 CE. Thus, there should not be any confusion between the Byzantine Coins that was known as metaphoricaly (The Beznt), and the currency minted by Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Cyprus. In a very important note, the Byzantine currency was one of the most reliable currencies for its pure metal. Also, it included many religious, civil and military inscriptions.


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