CONSTANTINE IX HISTAMENON – WONDERFUL SPECIMEN WITH GREAT CHRIST PORTRAIT – CHOICE AU NGC GRADED BYZANTINE COIN (Inv. 15653)
BYZANTINE EMPIRE. CONSTANTINE IX, 1042-1055 AD.
Gold histamenon nomisma, 4.33 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 CHOICE AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, “scuffs”, nicely struck with a perfectly centered and highly detailed Christ portrait, the NGC cited scuff are on obverse edge, not affecting the beautiful design in any way.