Silver Miliaresion 21mm Constantinople mint, struck 977-989 A. Reference: Sear 1810; DOC 17 Certification: NGC Ancients. Ch VF 4682671-009 TUVT ICAT' baSILI C CST' Cross crosslet with central X and pellet-in-crescent set upon globus on four steps; to left and right, crowned facing busts of Basil II and Constantine VIII.
+bASIL' / C CnSTAn' / ORF RO' / ISTOI bAS' / RmAI' in five lines. Basil II (Greek: , Basileios II ; 958 - 15 December 1025) was a Byzantine Emperor from the Macedonian dynasty who reigned from 10 January 976 to 15 December 1025. He was known in his time as Basil the Porphyrogenitus and Basil the Young to distinguish him from his supposed ancestor, Basil I the Macedonian.
He was the second longest reigning emperor after his brother Constantine VIII, whom he named co-emperor in 962, but who outlived him by three years. The early years of his long reign were dominated by civil war against powerful generals from the Anatolian aristocracy. Following their submission, Basil oversaw the stabilization and expansion of the eastern frontier of the Byzantine Empire, and above all, the final and complete subjugation of Bulgaria, the Empire's foremost European foe, after a prolonged struggle. For this he was nicknamed the Bulgar Slayer (Greek: , Boulgaroktonos), by which he is popularly known.
At his death, the Empire stretched from southern Italy to the Caucasus and from the Danube to the borders of Palestine, its greatest territorial extent since the Muslim conquests four centuries earlier. His reign is therefore often seen as the medieval apogee of the Empire.
Despite near-constant warfare, Basil also showed himself a capable administrator, reducing the power of the great land-owning families who dominated the Empire's administration and military, while filling the Empire's treasury. Constantine VIII (Greek: , , Knstantinos VIII) (960 - 11 November 1028) was the Byzantine Emperor from 15 December 1025 until his death in 1028. He was the son of the Emperor Romanos II and Theophano, and the younger brother of the eminent Basil IIa>, who died childless and thus left the rule of the Byzantine Empire i in his hands. He had been nominal co-Emperor for the preceding 63 years.Constantine was an incompetent hedonist with no interest in politics, statecraft or the military. His brief reign was "an unmitigated disaster", sparking "a collapse of the military power of the Empire". World-renowned expert numismatist, enthusiast, author and dealer in authentic ancient Greek, ancient Roman, ancient Byzantine, world coins & more. Ilya Zlobin is an independent individual who has a passion for coin collecting, research and understanding the importance of the historical context and significance all coins and objects represent. Send me a message about this and I can update your invoice should you want this method.
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