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John I Tzimisces, 11 December 969 - 10 January 976 A.D.

John I Tzimisces became the lover of Empress Theophano, which led to the murder of Emperor Nicephorus II and John's elevation to the throne. John introduced a follis that depicted a bust of Christ on the obverse and a religious inscription on the reverse. These types, referred to as anonymous folles because they do not identify the issuing emperor, were to become the norm for bronze coinage during the following century.


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John I Tzimisces was the lover of Empress Theophano, which led to the murder of Emperor Nicephorus II and John's elevation to the throne. John introduced a follis that depicted a bust of Christ on the obverse and a religious inscription on the reverse. These types, referred to as anonymous folles because they do not identify the issuing emperor, would become the norm for bronze coinage during the following century.
SH73342. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III, part 2, 3.2; SBCV 1785; Morrisson BnF 1; Ratto 1917; Berk 283; Sommer 39.1; Wroth BMC -, gVF, full legends, graffito (X) in obverse right field, weight 4.705 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 225o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 973 - 976 A.D.; obverse IhS XPS REX REGNANTInm (Jesus Christ King of Kings), bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger with two pellets in the limb of each cross, pallium and colobium, raising right in benediction, gospels in left; reverse ΘEOTOC BOHΘIω δESP (God help our ruler), the Virgin, nimbate, on right crowns John on left, John has short beard, wears loros, holds a long patriarchal cross with pellet on shaft, manus Dei (hand of God) above, the Virgin wears a stola and maphorium, MΘ (Mother of God) above; ex Kunker auction 248 (14 Mar 2014), lot 7685; SOLD


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This type with a plain cross was issued early in his reign and is scarcer than the later patriarchal cross variety.
SH04771. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III, part 2, 2; Berk 282; SBCV 1786; Wroth BMC -; Morrisson BnF -; Ratto -; Sommer -, EF, weight 4.38 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 969 - 976 A.D.; obverse +IhS XPS REX REGNANTInm (Jesus Christ King of Kings), bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger with two pellets in the limb of each cross, pallium and colobium, raising right in benediction, gospels in left; reverse +ΘEOTOC BOHΘIω δESP (God help our ruler), the Virgin, nimbate, on right crowns John on left, John has short beard, wears loros, holds a long cross with pellet on shaft, manus Dei (hand of God) above his head, the Virgin wears a stola and maphorium, MΘ (Mother of God) above her head; rare; SOLD


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Ex Edward J. Waddell, ex Woolslayer collection.
SH06232. Silver miliaresion, DOC III, part 2, 7a; Wroth BMC 5 - 6, Morrisson BnF 1 - 7, Ratto 1919, SBCV 1792, aEF, weight 3.53 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 969 - 976 A.D.; obverse + IhSUS XRISTUS nICA * (May Jesus Christ Conquer), cross crosslet on globus above two steps, circular medallion at center containing crowned bust of John facing wearing loros, dividing the inscription I/W - A/n, triple border ornamented with eight equally spaced globules; reverse + Iwann'/ En Xw AVTO CRATEVSEb / bASILEVS / RWMAIW in five lines across field, decorative ornaments above and below, border as on obverse; scarce; SOLD



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