Silver coins engraved with Jesus found in Bulgaria. (Photo: The Verge)
JAKARTA – A silver coin estimated to be hundreds of centuries old with a picture of Jesus Christ was found in the city of Ruskastro, Bulgaria on September 7 2023. The Regional History Museum in Burgas then kept it.
This coin is thought to be currency that was used in Southeastern Europe around the 13th century. Reporting from The Verge, Wednesday (20/9/2023), museum officials stated that the coin was quite valuable because it was heavy and had a high silver content.
What’s interesting is the image of Jesus wearing a robe and surrounded by a circle of light. On the other side, it contains a portrait of Saint Stephen with King Stefan Uros II, who was part of the Serbian government from 1282 to 1321. This king expanded his territory to Byzantium, then was blessed as a saint.
The discovery of these coins highlights the circulation of various currencies in Europe in the Middle Ages. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, coins depicting Jesus were made in the 7th century by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian II.
These coins are believed to have set artistic and monetary standards for the wider Mediterranean world.