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E-auction 520-434945 - bby_822660 - CONSTANTINE IX MONOMACHOS Follis

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Estimate : 20 €
Price : 7 €
Maximum bid : 9 €
End of the sale : 03 April 2023 15:45:20
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Follis
Date: c. 1050
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : copper
Diameter : 30,5 mm
Orientation dies : 7 h.
Weight : 7,33 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan ovale, centré. Usure importante mais monnaie identifiable. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : IC - XC.
Obverse description : Le Christ Antiphonetes assis de face sur un trône à dossier, vêtu du pallium et du colombium, tenant les Évangiles des deux mains.
Obverse translation : (Jésus Christ).


Reverse legend : + IS XS/ BASILE/ BASIL'.
Reverse description : en trois lignes surmontées d’une croisette et d’un croissant, chacun entre deux tildes.
Reverse translation : (Jésus-Christ roi des rois).


Poids léger.

Historical background



Constantine IX succeeded Michael V and brought Basil II's daughters Zoe and Theodora back to court. He married the second. Constantinople experienced an artistic renaissance under his reign to the detriment of the Treasury. It was in 1054 that the Great Schism occurred between the Church of Constantinople and that of Rome, at the origin of the birth of the Orthodox who no longer recognize the supremacy of the bishop of Rome. Constantine died in 1055. It was Theodora who succeeded him for only 7 months, the last descendant of the Macedonian dynasty.

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