Constantine X Ducas, AD 1059-1067
AE Follis. 8.94g, 32.8mm
MINTED: Constantinople mint, circa AD 1059-1067
REF: Sear Byzantine 1853
OBVERSE: [+ εmmA NOVHΛ], Nimbate figure of Christ Emmanuel standing facing, holding Book of Gospels; IC – XC in fields.
REVERSE: + KωNT ΔK εVΔK AVΓO, Eudocia and Constantine standing facing, holding labarum with cross on base and three steps.
Fair/Fine. Obverse overstruck (undertype the reverse of Sear 1823 of Romanus III)
Chosen by Emperor Isaac I Comnenus to succeed him after he abdicated, Constantine X proved to be an unpopular ruler, instituting policies that weakened the empire and alienated him from both the aristocracy as well as the people. Under his rule, most of Italy was lost to the Normans, part of Armenia to the Turks, and Belgrade to the Hungarians.
BYZANTINE EMPIRE . Constantine X Ducas, AD 1059-1067 . AE Follis . Overstruck
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