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Byzantine Empire, John I Tzimisces, 11 December 969 - 10 January 976 A.D.
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, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 4.38g, maximum diameter 22.3mm, die axis 180o
, 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
Catalog current as of Thursday, August 22, 2019.
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