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bby_602428 - BASIL II and CONSTANTINE VIII Follis

BASIL II and CONSTANTINE VIII Follis AU
125.00 €(Approx. 136.25$ | 103.75£)
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Type : Follis
Date: c. 976-1028
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : copper
Diameter : 28 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 8,32 g.
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale et irrégulier, bien centré. Très beau buste du Christ. Joli revers. Très belle patine vert olive
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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 losange évidé.
Reverse translation : (Jésus-Christ roi des rois).

Commentary


Poids léger. Follis anonyme. Classe A2. Les Évangiles sont richement ornés. Le nimbe crucigère porte deux globules dans chaque bras latéraux et un seul au-dessus du christ. Motif formé d’un losange évidé au revers au-dessus de la légende.

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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