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Basil II Bulgaroktonos 976-1025 AD c 1005 - 1025 AD
Tetarteron Nomisma
Basil II (958 – December 15, 1025) was a Byzantine emperor from the Macedonian dynasty and reigned from 10 January 976 to 15 December 1025. The first part of his long reign was dominated by civil war against the Anatolian aristocracy. Basil then oversaw the stabilization and expansion of the eastern frontier, and above all, the final and complete subjugation of Bulgaria, the Empire's foremost European threat/. On account of this he was nicknamed “Boulgaroktonos”, (the Bulgar-slayer Βουλγαροκτόνος). Basil also showed himself a capable administrator, reducing the power of the great land-owning families who dominated the Empire's administration and military, and filling the Empire's treasury.Obverse Nimbate Christ holding Gospels Reverse crowned busts of Basil wearing loros with square panels and Constantine, wearing chlamys while both hold long patriarchal cross between them.
Mint: Constantinople
Provenance: Courtesy Harlan J Berk, LTD

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