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Coin of John I Tzimiskes


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Byzantine (r. 969 - 976)
Coin of John I Tzimiskes, 969-976 CE
Coin
Byzantine
,
10th century
Byzantine period, Middle
Creation Place: Constantinople (Thrace)
Gold
4.4 g
DOC 3.2, 3.2 (p. 593)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
, 1951.31.4.1414
Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art & Numismatics
,
Description
Obv.: Bust of Christ Pantocrator (Type VIIIb), bearded, with cross nimbus having 2 pellets in lower arms, 1 in upper, wearing tunic and himation; r. arm raised in blessing in sling of claok, l. clasps book to breast.

Rev.: To l., bust of John facing, bearded, wearing modified loros and crown with cross and pendilia, holding in l. hand, plain cross. To r., bust of the Virgin facing, nimbate, wearing mantle and maphorion, touching emperor's crown with her r. hand. Above, Manus Dei.