Coins and Antiquities Consignment Shop
  Welcome Guest. Please login or register. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! BLACK FRIDAY PLUS!!! 10% OFF EVERYTHING UNTIL 28 NOVEMBER Layaway and reserve are not available until the last day of the sale. Welcome Guest. Please login or register. STORE WIDE SALE!!! BIGGER DISCOUNTS ON SELECTED ITEMS CHANGING DAILY FORVM will be 20 Years Old on 27 November! Shop now and save!

Catalog Main Menu
Fine Coins Showcase

Antiquities Showcase
Recent Additions
Recent Price Reductions

Show empty categories
Shop Search
Shopping Cart
Contact Us
About Forum
Shopping at Forum
Our Guarantee
Payment Options
Shipping Options & Fees
Privacy & Security
Forum Staff
Selling Your Coins
Identifying Your Coin
   View Categories
Home ▸ Catalog ▸ Byzantine Coins ▸ Macedonian Dynasty ▸ Nicephorus IIView Options:  |  |  | 

Nicephorus II Phocas, 16 August 963 - 10 December 969 A.D.

Nicephorus II was an able military commander who followed Romanus II on the Byzantine throne and also married his widow, Theophano. He began a vigorous and successful campaign in the east, regaining Cyprus and Antioch. However, the high expenses of war made him unpopular. His wife had an affair with another general, John Tzimisches. In the end, Tzimisches had Nicepohorus killed, seizing the throne for himself.

Click for a larger photo
SH33679. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III, part 2, 1; Morrisson BnF 39/Cp/AV/1; Wroth BMC 2; Ratto 1911; SBCV 1776; Berk -; Sommer -, EF, superb portrait of Christ, weight 4.414 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse +Ihs XPS REX REGNANTInm (Jesus Christ King of Kings), bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus cruciger with three pellets in each limb, pallium and colobium, raising right in benediction, Gospels in left; reverse NICHFOR CE bASIL AuGG b R (Aυγουστοι Bασιλεις Pωμαιων - Emperors, Kings of the Romans), on left Nicephorus, crowned, wearing loros, holding patriarchal cross with his stepson Basil, crowned, wearing chlamys; rare; SOLD

Click for a larger photo
Luxembourg was founded in 963.
SH73341. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III, part 2, 4.1; Morrisson BnF 39/Cp/AV/6; Wroth BMC 3; Ratto 1912; Sommer 38.2; SBCV 1778, gVF, perfect centering, bold, double strike, weight 4.447 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 225o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 16 Aug 963 - 10 Dec 969 A.D.; obverse +•Ihs XΓS REX REGNANTInm (Jesus Christ King of Kings), bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus cruciger with two pellets in each limb of the cross, pallium, and colobium, raising right in benediction, Gospels in left; reverse +ΘOTOC' bHΘ' hIEHF dESP' (God-bearer help ruler Nicephorus), facing busts of the Virgin, on left, and Nicephorus, on right, they hold a long patriarchal cross between them, she is nimbate, wears a stola and maphorium and divides M/•-Θ (mother of God), he has a short beard and wears a crown and loros; ex Clark Smith Numismatists (San Rafael, CA); SOLD

Click for a larger photo
BZ10853. Silver miliaresion, DOC III part 2, 6; Morrisson BnF 39/Cp/AR/01; Wroth BMC 6; Ratto 1913; SBCV 1781, VF, weight 2.69 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 963 - 969 A.D.; obverse + IhSUS XRISTUS nICA * (Jesus Christ Conquers), cross crosslet on globus above two steps, center medallion contains crowned bust facing wearing loros I/W - A/n; triple border with eight globules; reverse + nICHF'/ En Xw AVTO CRAT EVSEb / bASILEVS / RWMAIW in five lines across field, decorative ornaments above and below, border as on obverse; toned, slight porosity; scarce; SOLD



Berk, H.J. Eastern Roman Successors of the Sestertius. (Chicago, 1987).
Berk, H.J. Roman Gold Coins of the Medieval World, 383 - 1453 A.D. (Joliet, IL, 1986).
Füeg, F. Corpus of the Nomismata from Anastasius II to John I in Constantinople, 713 - 976. (Lancaster, PA, 2007).
Grierson, P. Byzantine Coins. (London, 1982).
Grierson, P. Catalogue of the Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, Vol III, Part 2: Basil I to Nicephorus III, 867-1081. (Washington D.C., 1973).
Morrisson, C. Catalogue des Monnaies Byzantines de la Bibliothèque Nationale II, 711 - 1204. (Paris, 1970).
Ratto, R. Monnaies Byzantines et d'autre Pays contemporaines à l'époque byzantine. (Lugano, 1930).
Sabatier, J. Description générale des monnaies Byzantines. (Paris, 1863).
Sear, D.R. Byzantine Coins and Their Values. (London, 1987).
Sommer, A.U. Die Münzen des Byzantinischen Reiches 491-1453. Mit einem Anhang: Die Münzen des Kaiserreichs von Trapezunt. (Regenstauf, 2010).
Tolstoi, I. Monnaies byzantines. (St. Petersburg, 1913 - 14).
Wroth, W. Catalogue of the Imperial Byzantine Coins in the British Museum. (London, 1908).

Catalog current as of Thursday, November 23, 2017.
Page created in 1.061 seconds.
Byzantine Coins of Nicephorus II Phocas