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John I Tzimiskes, Gold, Nomisma Histamenon, Constantinople, 969-976

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Christ, bearded, with cross nimbus having two pellets in transverse arms.

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Reverse

At left, frontal bust of John I Tzimiskes, bearded, wearing modified loros and crown with cross and pendilia, holding in left hand patriarchal cross ornamented with X at intersection of lower arm and pellet below on the shaft cross. At right, frontal bust of the Virgin, nimbate, wearing mantle and maphorion, touching emperor’s crown with her right hand. Manus Dei in field above John’s head and ΜΘ above Virgin.

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Obverse

Frontal bust of Christ, bearded, with cross nimbus having two pellets in transverse arms.

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Reverse

At left, frontal bust of John I Tzimiskes, bearded, wearing modified loros and crown with cross and pendilia, holding in left hand patriarchal cross ornamented with X at intersection of lower arm and pellet below on the shaft cross. At right, frontal bust of the Virgin, nimbate, wearing mantle and maphorion, touching emperor’s crown with her right hand. Manus Dei in field above John’s head and ΜΘ above Virgin.

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Accession number BZC.2002.21
Ruler John I Tzimiskes
Date of Reign 969–976
Metal Gold
Denomination Nomisma Histamenon
Mint Constantinople
Date 969976
Diameter 23.0 mm
Weight 4.38 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Variant of DOC 3.2:594, no. 3.9 (variant with ornamented patriarchal cross instead of plain). On the coin’s obverse, the inverted V in TIVM may result from the use of punches by die engravers.

Acquisition History

From Gorny and Mosch, Munich, Auction 118, 15 November 2002, no. 2539