Coin Of John I Tzimiskes
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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.1414
People
John I Tzimiskes, Byzantine ( r. 969 - 976)
Title
Coin of John I Tzimiskes
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
969-976 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Middle
Culture
Byzantine
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.4 g
Denomination
histamenon
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: +IhSXISREXREGNLambdaNTInM
  • Reverse Inscription: +ThetaEOTOC BOHTheta'IWDeltaESP. To r., MTheta (overlined)
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 3.2, 3.2 (p. 593)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.1414
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
Descriptions
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.
Verification Level

3 - Good. Object is well described and information is vetted