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    Extremely Rare Michael VI Histamenon

    Michael VI Stratioticus (1056-1057). AV histamenon nomisma (24mm, 4.34 gm, 6h). Constantinople. + IhS XIS RЄX RЄΣNANTIhm, facing bust of Christ Pantocrator, with cruciform nimbus, holding book of gospels in left arm / + MIXA-HL AЧTOCRAT, Michael standing facing, wearing crown with pendilia and jeweled chlamys, holding globus cruciger, and being crowned by the Virgin standing facing to right, wearing nimbus crown, pallium, and maphorium; barred MΘ between. Sear 1840. DOC 1a. Berk 310. Extremely rare! Flan a little ragged. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice AU? 5/5 - 4/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection.

    A courtly patrician who served as military finance minister (or Stratioticus) in the reigns of Constantine IX and Theodora, Michael Bringas was chosen by the latter as her successor shortly before her death in August 1056. He duly ascended the throne as Michael VI, but with no great dynastic name behind him, his position was precarious. He restored to favor the great general Nicephorus Bryennius, but perversely declined to restore the lands and titles that had been stripped from him by Theodora. His frugality in financing the army also earned him the enmity of the entire military class, which he compounded by giving the soldiers all manner of degrading and onerous duties. In doing so he seems to have been trying to enforce civilian control over the military, but a junta of disaffected generals soon rose in revolt and proclaimed one of their number, Isaac I Comnenus, as emperor. Michael's attempts at negotiation failed and he was forced to abdicate on August 31, 1057, taking holy orders in order to spare his life. Only a relative handful of coins were seemingly struck during his one-year reign and his gold pieces are some of the rarest of the Byzantine series, with fewer than 15 recorded specimens. 

    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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