Constantinus VIII, 1025-1028 AD. AV Histamenon Nomisma (solidus). Purchased from Baldwin's, London, in May 1981

Ancient Coins - Constantinus VIII, 1025-1028 AD. AV Histamenon Nomisma (solidus). Purchased from Baldwin's, London, in May 1981
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Constantinus VIII, 1025-1028 AD. Constantinople. AV Histamenon Nomisma (solidus), 4.41g (25mm, 7h). +IhS XIS RЄX RЄÇNANTInM Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium, raising r. hand in benediction, Book of Gospels in l. hand / Cωn – AnTI – bASILЄЧS ROM Crowned bust with long beard in loros facing; holding labarum in r. hand and akakia in l. hand.

Pedigree: Purchased from Baldwin's, London, in May 1981

Price: $2,100


The sole reign of Constantine VIII was but three years, however his time in power was actually commenced some 49 years earlier with the accession of his brother Basil II Bulgaroktonos. Unlike the frivolous Constantine VIII, Basil II ruled effectively and brought the empire to its height. As co-emperor Constantine had very little interest in overseeing the empire and left it almost exclusively to Basil. Even at the time of his death at the ripe old age of nearly 70, Basil continued to look to the best interests for the Byzantine domain. Upon his death, Constantine VIII became emperor. Nothing much changed in Constantine’s interest and he continued to leave most of the affairs of state to others. When he was sick he arranged for his daughter Zoe to marry the aged Romanus III and upon Constantine’s death the reins were handed over to him.


References: Sear 1815. DOC 1

Grade: Extremely nice strike and complete. EF

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