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Byzantine Empire, Romanus II (Sole Reign?), 959 - 963 A.D.
This type with the obliterated reverse legend has been attributed as an emergency issue struck at the beginning of Romanus' sole reign. David Sear notes, "Perhaps the Byzantine mint had received no clear instructions from the new regime and simply resorted to this stopgap expedient pending further directives from the palace.
SH36155. Gold solidus
, Füeg SNR 76
, pl. IV, B4; cf. DOC III
Constantine VII 15.22, gVF, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight
4.422g, maximum diameter
20.8mm, die axis
IhS XPS REX REGNANTIVM, bust
of Christ facing with nimbus cruciger
, tunic and himation
, right raised in blessing, gospels in left; reverse
CONSTANT CE ROMAN AUGG b R
(obliterated), crowned facing busts of Constantine VII (left) in loros
and Romanus in chlamys
, holding long patriarchal cross
between them; very rare
Catalog current as of Monday, May 20, 2019.
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