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    Constantine VIII (1025-1028). AV histamenon nomisma (26mm, 4.43 gm, 7h).  Constantinople. +IhS XIS RЄX RЄΣhANTIhM, facing bust of Christ Pantocrator, with cruciform nimbus, annulets in upper quarters, raising right hand in benediction and holding Gospels cradled in left arm / +CΩNSTANTIh bASILЄЧS ROM, crowned facing bust of Constantine, wearing square-pattern loros with jeweled collar, holding labarum with pellet on shaft in right hand and akakia in left. Sear 1815. DOC 2.1. Sharply struck, with a marvelous iconic bust of Christ. NGC (photo-certificate) MS? 5/5 - 4/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection.

    The younger brother of Basil II had been kept in the background during his brother's long reign, for good reason. As decadent and pleasure-loving as Basil had been austere, Constantine VIII did little of note during his brief sole reign except to begin dismantling the magnificent edifice his brother had created. On his death bed he arranged for his daughter Zoe to marry an elderly aristocrat, Romanus Argyrus, ensuring he would be succeeded by another self-indulgent fribble. 

    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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