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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 Empire, Constantine VIII, 15 December 1025 - 11 November 1028 A.D.

|Constantine| |VIII|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |VIII,| |15| |December| |1025| |-| |11| |November| |1028| |A.D.||histamenon| |nomisma|
SH52922. Gold histamenon nomisma, SBCV 1815; DOC III-2 1-2, EF, weight 4.406 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse + IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM, bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus cruciger with crescents in upper quarters, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand, triple border; reverse +CWNSTANTIN bASILEhS ROM, bust facing, with long beard, wearing crown and loros, and holding labarum and akakia, triple border; fantastic Christ portrait; scarce; SOLD


|Constantine| |VIII|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |VIII,| |15| |December| |1025| |-| |11| |November| |1028| |A.D.||histamenon| |nomisma|
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 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.
SH90886. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III-2 1.1; Wroth BMC 3, Morrisson BnF 3; Ratto 1969; SBCV 1815; Sommer 42.1 var. (pellet on shaft of labarum), gVF, centered, light marks, weight 4.325 g, maximum diameter 25.5 mm, die axis 225o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Dec 1025 - 11 Nov 1028; obverse + IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM, bearded bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus cruciger with straight arms and crescents in upper quarters, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, triple border; reverse +CWnSTAnTIn bASILEhS ROM, bust facing, with long beard, wearing crown and loros, labarum (no pellet on shaft) in left, akakia in right, triple border; ex Ponterio & Associates sale 157 - N.Y.I.N.C. Auction (7 Jan 2007), lot 2222; scarce; SOLD


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.||histamenon| |nomisma|
The manus Dei (the hand of God) is above Basil's head.
SH17756. Gold histamenon nomisma, SBCV 1800; DOC III-2 6a, Choice gVF, weight 4.296 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse IhS XPS REX REGNANTIhM, bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus cruciger with crescents in upper quarters, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand, triple border; reverse bASIL C CONSTANT, facing crowned busts of Basil (on left) wearing square pattern loros, manus Dei above, and Constantine wearing jeweled chlamys, both hold long plain cross, triple border; from the Woolslayer Collection; SOLD







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