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Live auction - bby_431861 - NICEPHORUS III BOTANIATES Histamenon nomisma

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Estimate : 950 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 13 June 2017 15:11:41
Type : Histamenon nomisma
Date: c. 1078-1081
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : electrum
Diameter : 28 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,25 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un large et irrégulier bien centré. Usure superficielle au droit. Très joli revers de style fin
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : IC - XC.
Obverse description : Le Christ Antiphonetes assis de face, vêtu du pallium et du colombium, bénissant de la main droite et tenant les Évangiles de la gauche ; double grènetis.
Obverse translation : (Jésus-Christ).


Reverse description : Nicéphore III couronné debout de face sur une base, vêtu du loros, tenant un labarum croiseté de la main droite et un globe crucigère de la main gauche ; double grènetis.
Reverse legend : + NIKHF DESP- Tw ROTANIAT.
Reverse translation : (Nicéphore despote Botoniates).


Scyphate (flan bombé). Au droit, le nimbe du Christ est orné d’un globule dans chaque bras de la croix. Les Évangiles sont ornés de cinq globules posés en carré centré. Le labarum est orné de cinq globules posés en carré centré au milieu. Croisette bouletée sur la hampe. Quatre globules sur le pan du vêtement ; six globules autour du cou.

Historical background



At the beginning of the year 1078, Nicéphore Botaniates, general of the Byzantine army rebelled against Michael VII abdicated and quickly retired to a monastery. Nicephorus III lived with Mary, the wife of Michael. From the beginning of his reign, Nicephorus III had to face several revolts, including those of Nicéphore Basilacius and Nicéphore Mélissenus. Alexius, the ablest general Nicephorus Botaniates and brother-Nicéphore Melissenus, marched on Constantinople, which opened him without a fight. Nicephorus III abdicated and retired to a monastery.

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