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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.

|Nicephorus| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Nicephorus| |II| |Phocas,| |16| |August| |963| |-| |10| |December| |969| |A.D.,| |with| |Basil| |II|, |histamenon| |nomisma|
 
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


|Nicephorus| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Nicephorus| |II| |Phocas,| |16| |August| |963| |-| |10| |December| |969| |A.D.,| |with| |Basil| |II|, |histamenon| |nomisma|
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


|Nicephorus| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Nicephorus| |II| |Phocas,| |16| |August| |963| |-| |10| |December| |969| |A.D.,| |with| |Basil| |II|, |tetarteron| |nomisma|
This coin has been clipped to less than half its original weight. Most likely it was clipped for mounting in jewelry. It is an excellent size for mounting in a ring.
BZ89540. Gold tetarteron nomisma, DOC III part 2, 5.1 (same dies); Morrisson BnF 39/Cp/AV/11; Sommer 38.4; SBCV 1780; Wroth BMC -; Ratto - (none clipped to tremissis), VF, clipped to tremissis weight, light earthen deposits, weight 1.617 g, maximum diameter 11.7 mm, die axis 180o, 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 Pantokrator facing wearing nimbus cruciger with two pellets in each limb of the cross, pallium, and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand; reverse +ΘEOTOC' 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; from the Robert Watcher Collection; SOLD







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