1 Solidus (histamenon nomisma), Byzantine Empire, 976 - 1025

1 Solidus (histamenon nomisma), Byzantine Empire, 976 - 1025

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Description (Brief)
One (1) solidus (histamenon nomisma), Basil II Bulgaroktonos
Byzantine Empire, 976 - 1025
Obverse Image: Portrait bust of Christ wearing nimbus cross ornamented with rosette of pellets, pallium and colobium; raising right hand in benediction and in left hand holds the book of Gospels; all encased in triple border.
Obverse Text: IhS / XIS / REX / REGNANTINM
Reverse Image: Portrait busts of Basil on left with short beard wearing loros of square pattern, and Constantine VIII on right, beardless wearing a jeweled chlamys; both brothers are crowned and hold between them a long patriarchal cross crosslet and with the manus Dei above Basil's head; all encased in triple border.
Reverse Text: bASIL / C / CONSTANT / b / R
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Object Name
date made
976 - 1025
period of administration
969 - 976
head of government
John I Tzimisces Emperor of Byzantium
Basil II Emperor of Byzantium
place made
Turkey: İstanbul province, Istanbul
Turkey: İstanbul province, Constantinople
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
overall:.12 cm x 2.27 cm; 1/16 in x 29/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Estate of Josiah K. Lilly
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Josiah K. Lilly Jr. Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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