Solidus - Constantine VII and Romanos II Constantinopolis

Features

Issuer Byzantine Empire (Byzantine states)
Emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos / Romanos II Porphyrogennetos (945-959)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 945-959
Value Solidus (1)
Currency Second Solidus Nomisma (720-1092)
Composition Gold
Weight 4.41 g
Diameter 20 mm
Shape Round
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 33611
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References BCV# 1751,
David R. Sear, Simon Bendall, Michael Dennis O'Hara; 2006. Byzantine coins and their values (2nd edition). Seaby, London, United Kingdom.
DOC III-2# 15
Philip Grierson; 1993. Catalogue of the Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection / Volume 3.2. Basil I to Nicephorus III 867-1081 (2nd edition). Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington DC, United States.

Obverse

Bust of Christ pantocrator facing, nimbate with two or three dots in each limb of the cross, wearing tunic and himation, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of gospels.

Lettering: +IhS XPS REX REGNANTIчM

Translation: "Jesus Christ King of the Kings".

Reverse

To left, bust of Constantinus VII facing, bearded, wearing crown cruciger and loros; to right, bust of Romanus II facing, beardless, wearing chlamys and crown cruciger; between them, both holding long patriarchal cross.

Lettering: COnSTAnT' CE ROmAn AVG bR

Translation: "Constantinus and Romanus Augusts, Kings of Romans".

Edge

Gross

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (945-959)  Constantinopolis

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