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E-auction 171-106252 - BASIL II and CONSTANTINE VIII Follis

BASIL II and CONSTANTINE VIII Follis VF
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Estimate : 75 €
Price : 20 €
Maximum bid : 20 €
End of the sale : 25 July 2016 15:17:30
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Follis
Date: c. 976-1028
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : copper
Diameter : 26,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 5,95 g.
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale, mince et irrégulier à l’usure importante, lisible et identifiable. Patine verte
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : + EMMA - NOVHA/ IC - XC.
Obverse description : Buste du Christ Antiphonetes debout de face, avec le globe crucigère, vêtu du pallium et du colobium, bénissant de la main droite et tenant les Évangiles de la gauche.
Obverse translation : (Dieu avec nous).

Reverse


Reverse legend : + IHSUS/ XRISTYS /BASILEU/ BASILE'.
Reverse description : en quatre lignes surmontées d'un ornement.
Reverse translation : (Jésus-Christ roi des rois).

Commentary


Poids très léger. Follis anonyme. Classe A2. Le nimbe crucigère porte sur chaque bras un carré formé de cinq globules centrés. Motif avec un fleuron évidé au revers.

Historical background


BASIL II and CONSTANTINE VIII

(10/01/976-15/12/1025)

Basil II the Bulgaroctonus was the greatest emperor of the Macedonian dynasty which was shut down in 1056 with Theodora. Basil II was the son of Romanus II and Theophano. He was brought to power by his father, a child, 960. He was associated with the power under the successive reigns of Nicephorus II Phocas and John I. Constantine VIII, his brother, was subject throughout his reign and succeeded him in 1025 for only three years. Basile restored Byzantine rule in the Balkans and Asia Minor.

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