Since these coins first appeared over 800 years ago, the image on the left has caused much discussion. Is this the image of the Virgin Mary– with a Maphorion hood and Orans hand position? Or is this the manly image of Christ? Is this from King Levon the first or without a beard, King Levon III. This article will add another dimension to the discussion which will show why this is the image of Christ. Please add your comments at the end.
A Recent coronation tram reveals hair on Jesus as opposed to the Maphorion cloaking Christ’s head. there are definite hair striations cut in the coin visible on the side with some magnification. Many of the Coronation trams are worn and this device of hair is not shown. note the flat head also. There were multiple die makers. Note on this site there is an article by Dickran Kouymajian who gives the reasons why the image is the Virgin Mary. His and others have valid arguments. Bedoukian and Nercessian believed the image to be Christ. My presentation, I believe is unique. Chuck Hajinian, DDS
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12th century French Mosaic with Christ in Orans position,
12th Century Mosaic of Christ from Sicily, without the cross image in circle surrounding His head.