Basil II, Bulgaroktonos, was the longest-reigning Byzantine emperor (for almost 50 years). He ruled with his brother, Constantine VIII as his advisor. Bulgaria (the Bulgars) was an ongoing problem during his reign, but was finally defeated and absorbed into the Empire. Basil brought great wealth to the Empire. At the time of his death, at almost 70 years of age, he was planning a campaign to wrest control of Sicily from the Arabs. Constantine VIII took over after the death of Basil, and the Empire began its decline.
Byzantine Empire, Basil II Bulgaroktonos and Constantine VIII (joint reign), 10 January 976 - 15 December 1025 A.D.
The manus Dei (the hand of God) is above Basil's head.
SH17756. Gold histamenon nomisma, SBCV 1800; DOC IIIpart 2, 6a, Choice gVF, weight 4.296 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople mint, obverse + IhS XPS REX REGNANTIhM, bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus cruciger with crescents in upper quarters, pallium and colobium, raising r. hand in benediction, Gospels in l., triple border; reverse + bASIL C CONSTANT, facing crowned busts of Basil (on left) wearing square pattern loros, manus Dei above, and Constantine wearing jewelled chlamys, both hold long plain cross, triple border; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Basil II Bulgaroktonos and Constantine VIII, 976 - 1025 A.D.
SH18902. Gold histamenon nomisma, SBCV 1800; DOC IIIpart 2, 6, Choice gVF, a little wavy, weight 4.384 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople mint, 1005 - 1025 A.D.; obverse IhS REX REGNANTINM, nimbate facing bust of Christ, holding Gospels; reverse bASIL C CONSTANT b R (or similar), crowned facing busts of Basil, wearing loros, and Constantine, wearing chlamys, holding cross between them; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Constantine VII and Romanus II, 6 April 945 - 9 November 959 A.D.
A very popular type depicting Christ wearing a pallium, a very rich, rectangular hem length, jeweled court garment and a colobium, a sleeveless outer tunic.
SH33680. Gold solidus, SBCV 1751; DOC IIIpart 2, 15, nice VF, weight 4.350 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople mint, obverse +Ihs XPS REX REGNANTIUM, bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, raising right in benediction, Gospels in left; reverse COnSTAnT' CE ROMAN' AVGG BR, 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; SOLD