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Nicephorus III Botaniates, 7 January 1078 - 1 April 1081 A.D.

The inept rule of Michael VII led to several revolts. Nicephorus seized the capitol, was crowned emperor and even married Michael's wife, Empress Maria of Alania. The latter act would lead to his downfall. In order to ensure the succession of her son Constantine, Empress Maria conspired with Alexius Comnenus to dispose of Nicephorus. Just as Nicephorus had banished Michael to a monastery, Alexius Comnenus banished Nicephorus to a monastery. Byzantium Empire 1081 AD


Byzantine Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class I, Nicephorus III, 7 January 1078 - 1 April 1081

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BZ86180. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ, class I; SBCV 1889, gVF, excellent bust of Christ, weight 3.510 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 7 Jan 1078 - 1 Apr 1081; obverse Christ bust facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, raising right in benediction, gospels in left; reverse Latin cross with X at center, globule and two pellets at each extremity, floral ornaments in lower fields, crescents in upper fields; $270.00 (€229.50)
 


Byzantine Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class I, Nicephorus III, 7 January 1078 - 1 April 1081

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The emperor's name and portrait are not part of the design on the Byzantine types referred to as anonymous folles. Instead of the earthly king, these coins depict Jesus Christ, King of Kings.
BZ86178. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ, class I; SBCV 1889, Choice VF, attractive portrait, well centered and struck, overstruck with some undertype effects, weight 6.139 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse Christ bust facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, raising right in benediction, gospels in left; reverse Latin cross with X at center, globule and two pellets at each extremity, floral ornaments in lower fields, crescents in upper fields; $250.00 (€212.50)
 


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The inept rule of Michael VII led to several revolts. Nicephorus seized the capital, was crowned and married Michael's wife, Empress Maria of Alania. To ensure the succession of her son Constantine, Empress Maria conspired with Alexius Comnenus to dispose of Nicephorus. Just as Nicephorus had banished Michael to a monastery, Alexius Comnenus banished Nicephorus to a monastery.
SH53622. Electrum histamenon nomisma, DOC III, part 2, 3; SBCV 1881; Morrisson BnF 1 - 7; Wroth BMC 7 - 11; Ratto 2051 - 2052, VF, weight 4.374 g, maximum diameter 29.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse Christ seated facing on a throne without back, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, gospels in left, raises right in benediction, IC - XC on sides of nimbus, all inside double border; reverse +NIKHFP ∆EC TW ROTANIAT, Nicephorus standing facing on footstool, bearded, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum with cross on shaft and globus cruciger, all inside double border; very scarce; SOLD







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