bezant

Definitions:

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  • A flat disk used as an ornament.
  • A gold coin (the proper name of which was <em>solidus</em>) issued by the emperors at Constantinople in the middle ages.
  • In <em>heraldry</em>, a small circle or; a gold roundel. It is a common bearing, and is supposed to have originated from the coins of Constantinople, assumed as bearings by crusaders.
  • Also spelled <internalXref urlencoded="besant">besant</internalXref>.
  • A gold coin of Byzantium or Constantinople, varying in weight and value, usually (those current in England) between a sovereign and a half sovereign. There were also white or silver bezants.
  • A circle in or, i. e., gold, representing the gold coin called <ex>bezant</ex>.
  • A decoration of a flat surface, as of a band or belt, representing circular disks lapping one upon another.
  • A <xref>coin</xref> made of gold or silver, minted at Byzantium and used in currency throughout mediaeval Europe.
  • The heraldic representation of a gold coin.
  • a gold coin of the Byzantine Empire; widely circulated in Europe in the Middle Ages
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