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Constantine VIII, 10 January 976 - 11 November 1028 A.D.

Joint rule with Basil II (his brother), 10 January 976 - 15 December 1025 A.D.
Sole rule, 15 December 1025 A.D. - 11 November 1028 A.D.
Constantine VIII was crowned emperor when he was an infant; however, for his first 63 years of "rule" he was a junior emperor and rarely played even a minor role in in state affairs. He spent his life in search of pleasure and entertainment, including spectator sports at the Hippodrome, feasting, riding and hunting. After his brother Basil II died, Constantine was sole emperor for nearly the last three years of his life. He carried on as he always had, enjoying life and avoiding state business as much as possible. Ineffective and cruel, he allegedly ordered the execution or mutilation of hundreds of innocent men. He arranged the marriage of his daughter Zoe, and upon his death, Zoe's husband took the throne as Romanus III.

Byzantine Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class A3, Basil II & Constantine VIII, c. 1023 - 11 November 1028 A.D.

|Anonymous| |Folles|, |Byzantine| |Anonymous| |Follis| |of| |Christ,| |Class| |A3,| |Basil| |II| |&| |Constantine| |VIII,| |c.| |1023| |-| |11| |November| |1028| |A.D.||anonymous| |follis|
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.
BZ91284. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ class A3; Grierson-NumisWiki ornaments 47; DOC III-2 A2.47, Wroth BMC 4, Ratto 1974, Sommer 40.3.4, SBCV 1818, VF, edge split, reverse off center, weight 12.349 g, maximum diameter 31.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 1023 - 11 Nov 1028 A.D.; obverse + EMMANOVHΛ (Latinized Hebrew: Emmanuel - "God with us"), facing nimbate bust of Christ, pallium and colobium, Gospels in both hands, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsoús Xristós - Jesus Christ) across field; reverse + IhSuS / XRISTuS / bASILEu / bASILE (Greek: Jesus Christ King of Kings), square above and below inscription; $160.00 SALE PRICE $183.00 ON RESERVE


Byzantine Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class A3, Basil II & Constantine VIII, c. 1023 - 11 November 1028 A.D.

|Anonymous| |Folles|, |Byzantine| |Anonymous| |Follis| |of| |Christ,| |Class| |A3,| |Basil| |II| |&| |Constantine| |VIII,| |c.| |1023| |-| |11| |November| |1028| |A.D.||anonymous| |follis|
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.
BZ91286. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ class A3; Grierson-NumisWiki ornaments 47; DOC III-2 A2.47, Wroth BMC 4, Ratto 1974, Sommer 40.3.4, SBCV 1818, gVF, part of edge ragged, reverse off center, weight 10.017 g, maximum diameter 30.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 1023 - 11 Nov 1028 A.D.; obverse + EMMANOVHΛ (Latinized Hebrew: Emmanuel - "God with us"), facing nimbate bust of Christ, pallium and colobium, Gospels in both hands, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsoús Xristós - Jesus Christ) across field; reverse + IhSuS / XRISTuS / bASILEu / bASILE (Greek: Jesus Christ King of Kings), square above and below inscription; $160.00 SALE PRICE $183.00 ON RESERVE


Byzantine Empire, Basil II Bulgaroktonos and Constantine VIII, 10 January 976 - 15 December 1025 A.D.

|Basil| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Basil| |II| |Bulgaroktonos| |and| |Constantine| |VIII,| |10| |January| |976| |-| |15| |December| |1025| |A.D.||miliaresion|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear. 

From a hoard found in Estonia!
SH08830. Silver miliaresion, DOC III, part 2, 17b; Wroth BMC 16; Ratto 1950 var. (ornament); Morrisson BnF 42/Cp/AR/1 var. (same); SBCV 1810, Sommer 41.9, aVF, reverse a little double struck, "rust" deposits, clipped, weight 2.39 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 977 - 989; obverse εN TOVTω nICAT bASILε C CωnST, cross crosslet on globus and four steps, X at center, pellet in crescent on shaft, facing crowned busts of Basil II, in loros, and Constantine VIII, in chlamys, on left and right; reverse + bASIL / C CωnSTAn / ΠORFVROS / ΠISTOI bAS / RωmAIω in five lines, decorative ornaments above and below each with five pellets arranged as a cross; obv. and rev. have triple border but almost all is off flan due to clipped flan (usual for the type); scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Basil II & Constantine VIII, c. 10 January 976 - 15 December 1025 A.D.

|Basil| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Basil| |II| |&| |Constantine| |VIII,| |c.| |10| |January| |976| |-| |15| |December| |1025| |A.D.||AE| |17|
Chersonesus was colonized in the 6th century B.C. by Greek settlers from Heraclea Pontica. Its ancient ruins, located in one of Sevastopol's suburbs, are today an archaeological park and popular tourist attraction. Buildings mix influences of Greek, Roman and Byzantine culture and include a Greek temple and a Roman amphitheater.
BZ47167. Bronze AE 17, DOC III part 2, 21b; Anokhin 443; SBCV 1814 (retrograde variety), aVF, weight 2.725 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, cast coinage, Cherson mint, 977 - 989 A.D.; obverse retrograde cruciform BACΛIOV monogram; reverse cruciform BACΛIOV monogram ; very rare; SOLD







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