Byzantine emperors of the High Middle Ages expected the imminent return of Jesus Christ. Wary of offending Him, they made sure that His portrait on the coinage was larger and more pronounced
that their own.
This trend was copied by subsequent Christian states. As the medieval period gave way to the
Renaissance, the designs grew less stylized and more realistic, as in Hungary, when He is shown as
an infant with his mother, Mary–This remarkable collection contains three coins struck from the 11th-15th centuries featuring a
portrait of Jesus Christ: 1/ Byzantine Empire, trachy; 2/ Serbia, denar; 3/ Hungary, denar