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Michael VII Ducas, 24 October 1071 - 24 March 1078 A.D.

Michael's reign was a period of disasters and territorial losses. Unable to face these challenges, Michael VII abdicated and lived as a monk for the last 12 years of his life.

|Michael| |VII|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Michael| |VII| |Ducas,| |24| |October| |1071| |-| |24| |March| |1078| |A.D.||follis|
Sear notes the type is frequently overstruck on folles of Romanus IV, SBCV 1866.
BZ110704. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 14a (star on Gospels cover); Wroth BMC 26; Morrisson BnF 55/Cp/AE/2; Ratto 2042; Berk 958; Sommer 55.8; SBCV 1878, VF, nice bust of Christ, nice green patina, overstruck with strong undertype effects, weight 5.264 g, maximum diameter 27.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse bust of Christ facing, cross behind head, wearing pallium and colobium, raising right in benediction, Gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: IΗΣOΣ XPIΣTOΣ - Jesus Christ) flanking above large stars; reverse + MIXAHΛ RACIΛ O Δ, bearded bust facing wearing crown and loros, labarum in right, globus cruciger in left; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


|Michael| |VII|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Michael| |VII| |Ducas,| |24| |October| |1071| |-| |24| |March| |1078| |A.D.||histamenon| |nomisma|
Michael's reign was a period of disasters and territorial losses. Unable to face these challenges, Michael VII abdicated and lived as a monk for the last 12 years of his life.
SH51594. Electrum histamenon nomisma, Morrisson BnF 55/Cp/AV/6; Sommer 55.2.2; DOC III-2 2d; Wroth BMC 10; Ratto 2033; SBCV 1868, aVF, scyphate, interesting graffiti encircling obverse and reverse, weight 4.326 g, maximum diameter 29.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 24 Oct 1071 - 24 Mar 1078 A.D.; obverse bust of Christ facing, wears tunic, himation, & nimbus cruciger, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: IΗΣOΣ XPIΣTOΣ - Jesus Christ) flanking shoulders; reverse + MIXAHΛ RACIΛ O Δ, bearded bust facing, wears loros with seven jewels on collar and crown with pendilia, labarum in right hand with pellet on shaft, globus cruciger in left hand; SOLD


|Michael| |VII|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Michael| |VII| |Ducas,| |24| |October| |1071| |-| |24| |March| |1078| |A.D.||histamenon| |nomisma|
The references list many slight variations for this type (legend variations, different ornamentation on the nimbus, gospels and labarum, a pellet or no pellet on the labarum shaft, the number of pearls on the emperor's collar, etc.). Some of these details may have had meaning as secret control marks, but some were probably the unimportant whims of the die engraver.
SH17278. Electrum histamenon nomisma, Morrisson BnF 55/Cp/AV/01 var. (8 jewels on collar); Sommer 55.2.3; DOC III-2 2a; Wroth BMC 3; Ratto 2032; SBCV 1868, Choice EF, scyphate, weight 4.440 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 24 Oct 1071 - 24 Mar 1078 A.D.; obverse bust of Christ facing, wears tunic, himation, & nimbus cruciger, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: IΗΣOΣ XPIΣTOΣ - Jesus Christ) flanking; reverse + MIXAHΛ RACIΛ O Δ, bearded bust facing, wears loros with seven jewels on the collar and crown with pendilia, labarum in right, globus cruciger in left; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Romanus IV Diogenes, 1 January 1068 - 19 Aug 1071

|Romanus| |IV|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Romanus| |IV| |Diogenes,| |1| |January| |1068| |-| |19| |Aug| |1071||histamenon| |nomisma|
Due to their distinctive iconography, these histamenon were nicknamed "six-headers" in their day.
SH70956. Gold histamenon nomisma, Sommer 54.2.3 (also clipped); DOC III-2 2; Ratto 2026; Morrisson BnF 4 ff.; Wroth BMC 2; SBCV 1861, gF, scyphate, clipped, weight 2.749 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1 Jan 1068 - 19 Aug 1071; obverse KWN MX ANΔ, Michael standing facing, labarum in right, akakia in left, flanked by Constantius and Andronicus, each holding globus cruciger in outer hand, akakia in inner hand, all wear sakkos and loros, all without footstools on dotted exergual band; reverse +PWMA EVΔKIA (or similar), Christ standing facing, wearing nimbus, pallium and colobium, crowning Romanus standing facing on left, and Eudocia standing facing on right, each wearing sakkos and loros and hold a globus cruciger in inner hand, , IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: IΗΣOΣ XPIΣTOΣ - Jesus Christ) flanking above; ex Marti Hervera (Barcelona, Spain); SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Romanus IV Diogenes, 1 January 1068 - 19 August 1071

|Romanus| |IV|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Romanus| |IV| |Diogenes,| |1| |January| |1068| |-| |19| |August| |1071||histamenon| |nomisma|
Due to their distinctive iconography, these histamenon types were nicknamed "six-headers" in their day.
SH87499. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III-2 1.1; Morrisson BnF 53/Cp/AV/02; Wroth BMC 1; Sommer 54.1; SBCV 1859; Ratto -, F/VF, scyphate, some scratches, holes for pendant, weight 3.938 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1 Jan 1068 - 19 Aug 1071; obverse KWN MX ANΔ, Michael standing facing on footstool, transverse labarum in right hand, akakia in left hand, flanked by Constantius and Andronicus, each standing facing on an individual footstool, each holding akakia in inner hand and globus cruciger in outer hand; reverse + PWMANS EVΔUKIA, Jesus Christ standing facing on footstool, crowning Romanus and Eudocia, each holds a globus cruciger in inner hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsos Xrists - Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's head; from the Robert Watcher Collection; SOLD







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