Byzantine coin, Turkey, 300-1450 CE

Made:
300-1450 CE in Turkey
maker:
Unknown

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Very worn, saucer-shaped Byzantine coin used as an amulet against smallpox, produced in Asia Minor, 300-1450

The practice of carrying amulets or charms to bring good luck and good health through protection against disease has an extremely long history. This worn, slightly misshapen piece of copper was once a coin from Byzantium (modern day Istanbul), an ancient Greek city founded in the 600s BCE. More recently it has been carried as a protective amulet against smallpox.

Details

Category:
Ethnography and Folk Medicine
Object Number:
A665893
type:
coin, folk medicine (protection) amulet, coin, folk medicine (protection)
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • exchange medium
  • currency
  • visual and verbal communication
  • exchange medium
  • currency
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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