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    Sculptural Christ Portrait

    Basil II (AD 976-1025), with and Constantine VIII (AD 976-1028). AV tetarteron nomisma (20mm, 4.23 gm, 6h).  Constantinople, 1005-1025. +IhS XIS RЄX RЄGNANTInM, bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus crown ornamented with pellets, pallium, and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, codex in left hand / +bASIL C COhSTAhT Ib R, crowned facing busts of Basil II wearing loros and Constantine VIII wearing V-shaped overgarment decorated with pearls, together holding a patriarchal cross with X on shaft. Sear 1806. DOC 13b.3. With a marvelous, sculptural portrait of Christ. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice AU 5/5 - 5/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex "An Important Private Collection of Byzantine Coins" (Sotheby's, 2 November 1998), lot 505.

    Introduced by Nicephorus II, the gold tetarteron nomisma seems to have been the equivalent of the old "lightweight solidus" and was perhaps intended to facilitate trade with the Islamic powers, which utilized a gold dinar somewhat lighter than the traditional solidus. The tetarteron retained its small, compact fabric while the solidus got larger and thinner, eventually acquiring a new name as the histamenon nomisma. 

    This coin from the Dimitriadis Collection has been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. It may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. E-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.


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