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Basil II, Bulgaroktonos 976-1025 AD.
Gold histamenon nomisma
As successors to John I Tzimisces Basil II and Constantine VIII reigned for about 50 years. Constantine was more interested in the pleasures in life giving way to the brilliant and dynamic Basil II. In the early years internal threats by his father’s military and advisors had to be suppressed. Basil was able to prevail these rebellions so he could successfully deal with the threat of Samuel, the leader of the Bulgarian Empire. He smashed these adversaries earning the title Bulgaroktonos (= slayer of Bulgarians). When Samuel died in 1014 the Bulgarian Empire became incorporated into the Byzantine state. Obverse Christ wearing nimbus cruciger, ornamented with three pellets in each limb of the cross, pallium and colobium, and raising his right hand in benediction while the left hand holds the book of Gospels +HIS [XISREX Req] NANTIhM. Reverse Basil wears loros of lozenge pattern with a short beard is on left and beardless Constantine clad in plain chlamys is on the right, both crowned and holding between them a long patriarchal cross ornamented with a pellet +bSIL C CONSTAHTIbR.
Mint: Constantinople
Provenance: Private acquisition *

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