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    Rare Romanus II Obfuscated Reverse Legend Solidus

    Romanus II (AD 945-963), with Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus. AV solidus (20mm, 4.39 gm, 6h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 5/5.  Constantinople, AD 959. + IhS XPS RЄX RЄGNANTIЧM', bust of Christ facing, with short beard and broad side locks, wearing nimbus cruciger with three pellets in each arm, pallium and colobium, right hand raised in benediction, book of Gospels in left / Obfuscated legend CONSTΛNT' CЄ ROMΛN' ΛЧGG IR', facing busts of Constantine VII (on left), bearded, wearing loros and crown, and Romanus II (on right), wearing crown and chlamys pinned on right shoulder; both holding long patriarchal cross with globus terminus between them. SB --, cf. 1751 (Constantine VII) for regular type. DOC III -- (cf. DOC 15 of Constantine VII); F. Füeg, "Vom Umgang mit Zufall und Wahrscheinlichkeit in der Numismatischen Forschung,"SNR 76 (1997), Plate IV, B4.

    From the Collection of a Philhellene. Ex Dix Noonan Webb (29 September 2008), lot 6319.

    Füeg places this issue, which continues the previous issue under the joint reign with Constantine VII, in the early days of the sole reign of Romanus II, who succeeded his father after a tumultuous reign of 46 years. The dies are re-used solidus dies of Constantine VII, but with the reverse legend obliterated by over-cutting. This type is the last collectible solidus issue struck before the introduction of the tetarteron by Nicephorus II.

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