CONSTANTINE IX HISTAMENON – SPECIMEN WITH EXCEPTIONAL CHRIST PORTRAIT – MINT STATE NGC GRADED BYZANTINE COIN (Inv. 16339)
BYZANTINE EMPIRE. CONSTANTINE IX, 1042-1055 AD.
Gold histamenon nomisma, 4.42 g, 28 mm, minted at Constantinople.
Obv. Facing bust of Christ, holding Gospels and raising his hand in benediction.
Rev. Bearded bust of the emperor, holding long cross and globus cruciger with cross made out of pellets.
Sear 1830; DOC 3.
NGC graded MINT STATE, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, a specimen with an exceptional Christ portrait, icon-like, struck from very fresh dies.