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    Constantine VII and Romanus I, A.D. 913-959. AV solidus minted at Constantinople. Bust of Christ facing, raising right hand in benediction; in left hand, book of Gospels/Facing busts of Constantine VII and Romanus II, holding between them long patriarchal cross. 4.37 g. D.O. 15, Ratto 1905. EF with scratches in left obverse field.
    Why so much scratching and graffiti on Byzantine gold? Take a look at the general run of one hundred dollar bills today. You'll see names inscribed, rubber stamp marks, testing-pen swishes, and more, much like the Byzantine solidi. The marks say Andy (or Andronicus) possessed me - I was here, will I ever see this money again? Also, the authenticity of the money is verified by testing pens or scratching to substantiate the true worth of the currency. (PCGS# 100829)


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    Auction Dates
    July, 2002
    27th-30th Saturday-Tuesday
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