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    Basil II: Apogee of Empire

    Basil II Bulgaroctonos (AD 976-1025). AV histamenon nomisma (26mm, 4.41 gm, 6h).  Constantinople, 1005-1025. + IhS XIS RЄX RЄΣNANTIhM, bust of Christ facing, with cruciform numbus; crescents in upper quarters, holding book of Gospels in left arm / + bASIL Є COhSTAhTIh R, crowned facing busts of Basil, wearing loros and being crowned from above by manus Die, and Constantine, draped, holding long cross between them. Sear 1800. DOC 6a. Well struck on a broad flan and lustrous, with a lovely iconic image of Christ Pantocrator. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice MS 5/5 - 5/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Spink (March 1994), lot 596. 

    The son of Romanus II, Basil II theoretically inherited the purple at the age of five in when his father died in AD 963; however he was overshadowed by regents and co-emperors until AD 976. He had to fight off several challenges to his rule and was not fully secure until AD 989. The experience made a hard, austere man of him. Monastic in tastes and militant in manners, he never married and devoted his whole reign to administering the state and leading armies into battle. He expended enormous efforts toward destroying the Bulgarian menace once and for all. At the Battle of Kleidion in 1014, he acquired his nickname "Bulgar-slayer" (Bulgaroctonos) when he captured and blinded 15,000 Bulgarians; the  Bulgarian Tsar Samuel died of despair when he beheld the fate his men. The Fatamids and Arabs also felt his wrath and he oversaw the annexation of Georgia to the Empire. He kept wealthy aristocrats on a short leash and favored peasants and small farmers, backbone of the army. By Basil's death in 1025, the medieval Byzantine Empire had reached its greatest size, power and prestige. Maintaining it would require rulers with his devotion to duty, which none of his successors possessed, and they proceeded to fritter away his legacy with astonishing speed.

    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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