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