Bronze Byzantine coin with Christian symbols.
“M” is the 10 follis, indicating the amount of the coin.
King or St Justinian known as a famous king who has built Many Churches as the Church of Nativity were Jesus was born in Bethlehem, And the Church of Aya Sofia in which is located in the modern Istanbul today.
Byzantine coins continue the late Roman conventions: on the obverse the head of the Emperor, now full face rather than in profile, and on the reverse, usually a Christian symbol such as the cross, or a Victory or an angel (the two tending to merge into one another).
The gold coins of Justinian II departed from these stable conventions by putting a bust of Christ on the obverse, and a half or full-length portrait of the Emperor on the reverse.
These innovations incidentally had the effect of leading the Islamic Caliph Abd al-Malik, who had previously copied Byzantine styles but replacing Christian symbols with Islamic equivalents, finally to develop a distinctive Islamic style, with only lettering on both sides.
This was then used on nearly all Islamic coinage until the modern period.
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