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Byzantine Empire, Gold/Electrum Hist. Nomisma of Michael VII (AD 1071-1078) - NGC Ch.VF (Strike: 5/5, Surface: 3/5) ANCIENT CHRIST PORTRAIT

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Byzantine Empire, Gold/Electrum Hist. Nomisma of Michael VII (AD 1071-1078) - NGC Ch.VF (Strike: 5/5, Surface: 3/5) ANCIENT CHRIST PORTRAIT

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Why purchase this Gold/Electrum Histamenon Nomisma of the Byzantine Empire?

The Histamenon denomination of the Byzantine Empire was introduced in the 960s, but was gradually debased until eliminated completely in 1092. The coin was modified in the 1030s into a scyphate (concave) shape to differentiate it from the similar tetarteron denomination. Coinage of the Empire continued to be struck in this distinctive form until the 14th century. This Histamenon was struck AD 1071-1078 for Emperor Michael VII at the Constantinople Mint from an alloy of gold and silver (gold/electrum).

Early Christian/Divine Imagery

Christ is featured on the convex obverse, his head encircled by a traditional nimbus cruciger (halo with a cross). He clutches a book of Gospels while holding his right hand in a benedictory pose.

Michael VII is depicted on the concave reverse, his left hand holding a globus cruciger (globe with a cross), which symbolizes the dominion of the Christian God over the world. Its appearance with the Emperor is meant to confirm his divine right to rule.

Choice Very Fine Ancient Coin

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) ancient coin specialists in the NGC Ancient division graded this Gold/Electrum Histamenon Nomisma, struck AD 1071-1078, to be Ch. VF, Choice Very Fine, with additional grading of 5/5 for strike quality and 3/5 for surface condition. The coin will have characteristics similar to that of a coin graded 30-35 on the Sheldon Scale: nearly complete image details and good eye appeal overall.

This Histamenon Nomisma struck for Byzantine Emperor Michael VII belongs in your collection of ancient coinage!


Year of Issue:1071-1078 AD
Mint:Byzantine Mint
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:Ch VF