Basil II Bulgaroktonos, with Constantine VIII, 976-1025. Histamenon nomisma (Gold, 21 mm, 4.35 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 989-1001. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM Bust of Christ Pantocrator facing, wearing cross nimbus with double rim and with three pellets in the side arms and two in the upper, right hand raised in blessing, left holding book. Rev. +bASIL C CONStANTI bR On left, crowned bust of Basil II facing, wearing chlamys; on right, crowned bust of Constantine VIII, wearing ornamented robe; holding between them a long patriarchal cross crosslet with a large globule on the shaft above their hands. DOC 13 (catalogued as a Tetarteron) = Ratto 1943 = SB 1804 (Tetarteron). LHS 102, 2008, 480 (same dies, but holed). Nomos 14, 2017, 484 (same dies). Extremely rare, apparently only the fourth example of this type known. Some marks, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF