Joint rule with Constantine VII (his father), 6 April 945 - 9 November 959 A.D.Sole rule, 9 November 959 A.D. - April 960Joint rule with Basil II (his son), April 960 - April 961 A.D.Joint rule with Basil II and Constantine VIII (his sons), April 961 - 15 March 963 A.D.Romanus II ruled alone for only three years. He was an ineffectual ruler, dominated by his beautiful wife Theophano. During his rule his general, and the future emperor, Nicephorus Phocas, reconquered Crete and captured Aleppo in Syria.
This type with the obliterated reverselegend has been attributed as an emergency issue struck at the beginning of Romanus' sole reign. Coins of this emergency issue are very rare. This coin is the only one that Forum has seen with two pellets in each limb of the cross inside the nimbus cruciger vs. the usual three.
SH05323. Gold solidus, Füeg SNR 76, pl. IV, B4; Triton IV 837; cf. DOC III Constantine VII 15.22, gVF, weight 4.38 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople mint, sole reign, 959 A.D.; obverse +Ihs XPS REX REGNANTIUM (Jesus Christ King of Kings), bust of Christ facing,, wearing nimbus cruciger, two pellets in each cross limb, wearing pallium and colobium, raising right in benediction, Gospels in left; reverse obliterated legend, crowned facing busts of Constantine VII, in a loros on left, and his son Romanus II, in a chlamys, they hold a long patriarchal cross; superb portrait of Christ; very rare; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Romanus II, 6 April 945 - 15 March 963 A.D.
The Byzantine mint at Cherson (Sevastopol, Ukraine), operated from the reign of Justin I to the reign of Heraclius, and again from the reign of Basil I to the reign of Basil II. The city of Cherson was largly destroyed in the 980s, when it fell to Kiev but the fortress was recovered by treaty after Basil II's sister Anna was given to in marriage Vladimir the Great. The region became a part of the Empire of Trebizond in 1204.
BZ47165. Bronze AE 19, Sommer 37.2; SBCV 1775, aVF, weight 3.291 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, cast coinage, Cherson mint, obverse large cross shaped monogram, M-A on left and right, P-W on top and bottom; reversecross floriated on two steps, pellet in field either side; scarce; $58.00 (€44.66) ON RESERVE
Romanus II (Sole Reign?), 959 - 963 A.D.
This type with the obliterated reverselegend has been attributed as an emergency issue struck at the beginning of Romanus' sole reign. David Sear notes, "Perhaps the Byzantine mint had received no clear instructions from the new regime and simply resorted to this stopgap expedient pending further directives from the palace.
SH47406. Gold solidus, Füeg SNR 76, pl. IV, B4; cf. DOC III Constantine VII 15.22, Choice EF, weight 4.395 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople mint, obverse +IhS XPS REX REGNANTIVM', bust of Christ facing with nimbus cruciger, tunic and himation, right raised in blessing, gospels in left; reverse CONSTANT CE ROMAN AUGG b R (obliterated), crowned facing busts of Constantine VII (left) in loros and Romanus in chlamys, holding long patriarchal cross between them; unusual strike with near full circles visible; very rare; SOLD