1 Solidus (histamenon nomisma), Byzantine Empire, 963 - 969

1 Solidus (histamenon nomisma), Byzantine Empire, 963 - 969

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Description (Brief)
One (1) solidus (histamenon nomisma) coin, Nicephorus II Phocus
Byzantine Empire, 963 - 969
Obverse Image: Portrait bust of Christ wearing nimbus cross with three pellets in each limb of the cross, pallium and colobium; he raises his right hand in benediction and in left hand holds the book of Gospels.
Obverse Text: IhS / XPS / REX / REGNANTINM
Reverse Image: Portrait busts of the Virgin Mary, nimbate on left, wearing stola and maphorium and Nicephorus with short beard wearing crown and loros; they hold between them patriarchal cross.
Reverse Text: ϴEOTOC / bHϴ / NICHF / DESP
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
963 - 969
issuing authority
Nicephorus II Emperor of Byzantium
place made
Turkey: İstanbul province, Istanbul
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
overall:.15 cm x 2.24 cm; 1/16 in x 7/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Estate of Josiah K. Lilly
See more items in
Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Josiah K. Lilly Jr. Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object