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Basil II and Constantine VIII AV Histamenon



Basil II and Constantine VIII AV Histamenon

Gold/ 27mm/4.4gm; Constantinople mint, 1005-1025 AD.

Con/ a few dings and scratches, minor plow bend, and struck with worn dies, otherwise at VF.

Obv/+ IhS XIS REX REGNANTInm; Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cross ornamented with two crescents in the limbs of the cross, holding book of Gospels with both hands.

Rev/ + bASIL C COnStAntI b Rm; crowned facing busts of Basil with short beard on left, wearing loros of square pattern, and Constantine VIII, beardless on right, wearing chlamys, holding plain cross between them.

Ref/ SB 1800

Seller's Note/ Ground-found in the Balkans.