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Michael VII Ducas, 24 October 1071 - 24 March 1078 A.D.

Michael's reign was a period of disasters and territorial losses. Unable to face these challenges, Michael VII abdicated and lived as a monk for the last 12 years of his life.


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Michael's reign was a period of disasters and territorial losses. Unable to face these challenges, Michael VII abdicated and lived as a monk for the last 12 years of his life.
SH51594. Electrum histamenon nomisma, Morrisson BnF 55/Cp/AV/6; Sommer 55.2.2; DOC III part 2, 2d; Wroth BMC 10; Ratto 2033; SBCV 1868, aVF, interesting graffiti encircling obverse and reverse, weight 4.326 g, maximum diameter 29.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 24 Oct 1071 - 24 Mar 1078 A.D.; obverse IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), bust of Christ facing, wears tunic, himation, & nimbus cruciger, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand; reverse + MIXAHΛ RACIΛ O ∆, bearded bust facing, wears loros with seven jewels on collar and crown with pendilia, labarum in right hand with pellet on shaft, globus cruciger in left hand; SOLD


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The references list many slight variations for this type (legend variations, different ornamentation on the nimbus, gospels and labarum, a pellet or no pellet on the labarum shaft, the number of pearls on the emperor's collar, etc.). Some of these details may have had meaning as secret control marks, but some were probably the unimportant whims of the die engraver.
SH17278. Electrum histamenon nomisma, Morrisson BnF 55/Cp/AV/01 var. (8 jewels on collar); Sommer 55.2.3; DOC III part 2, 2a; Wroth BMC 3; Ratto 2032; SBCV 1868, Choice EF, weight 4.440 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 24 Oct 1071 - 24 Mar 1078 A.D.; obverse IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), bust of Christ facing, wears tunic, himation, & nimbus cruciger, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand; reverse + MIXAHΛ RACIΛ O ∆, bearded bust facing, wears loros with seven jewels on the collar and crown with pendilia, labarum in right, globus cruciger in left; SOLD


Byzantine Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class H, Michael VII Ducas, 24 October 1071 - 24 March 1078 A.D.

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The Patriarchal cross possesses a smaller crossbar placed above the main one. The top beam represents the plaque bearing the inscription "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews" (often abbreviated in the Latinate "INRI", and in the Greek as "INBI").
BZ66583. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ, DOC III-2, class H; SBCV 1880, Choice VF, weight 6.563 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), bust of Christ facing, with nimbus cruciger, wears pallium and colobium, raising right, Gospels in left; reverse patriarchal cross with globule and two pellets at each extremity, floral ornaments flanking lower half; very scarce; SOLD







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Byzantine Coins of Michael VII