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    Constantine X Ducas (1059-1067). AV histamenon nomisma (28mm, 4.44 gm, 6h). Constantinople. + IhS XIS RЄX RЄGNANTIhM,  Christ Pantocrator seated facing on square-backed throne, wearing cruciform nimbus and holding Gospels cradled in left arm / + KWN RAC -Λ O ΔOVKAC, Constantine standing facing, wearing crown, saccos, and loros, holding labarum in right hand and globus cruciger in left. Sear 1847. DOC 1a. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice MS 5/5 - 5/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Sotheby's (New York, 9-10 December 1993), lot 631 (part of). 

    Another pliant civilian, Constantine X was ill-equipped the series of crises that came hard and fast in the latter 11th century. The Empire came under attack simultaneously from three different directions: In the West, the Normans launched on assault on Byzantine southern Italy; in the north, the Uzes and Pechenegs poured into the Balkans, and the Seljuq Turks began ravaging eastern Anatolia. Meanwhile, the loss of tax revenue caused visible debasement in the venerable gold histamenon, fueling rampant inflation. Overwhelmed, Constantine seemed more of a static observer than an active player, and his eight-year reign was largely empty of positive achievement. 

    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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