1071-1078 AD Byzantine Electrum Nomisma Michael VII Christ Bust NGC MS

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An Ancient Byzantine Nomisma with a Gorgeous Portrait of Christ!

One of the reasons to collect coins is to hold history in your hands. What could be more historic than a coin displaying a portrait of Christ? That's just what you get with this nomisma of the Byzantine Emperor Michael VII, minted between 1071 and 1078 AD.

Michael VII first became Emperor at the age of 17 upon the death of his father, but for the most part the empire was ruled by his mother and uncle. Yet, even after he was later re-crowned full Emperor 4 years later, he much preferred academic interests to the duties of rule and left most of the governing to his finance minister. He retired 7 years later to a monastery and later became archbishop of Ephesus.

The Byzantine Nomisma is struck in Electrum, a mixture of both gold and silver. The obverse of this coin shows Christ wearing a cross nimbus (a cross within a halo), while the reverse depicts a crowned half-length bust of Michael VII wearing a loros (traditional Byzantine royal garment) and holding a military standard in one hand and a globus cruciger (a cross on globe) in the other.

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has graded this Byzantine Nomisma Mint State (MS) with further designations grading coin's strike as 5 out of 5 and surfaces as 3 out of 5. Your coin will also be sonically sealed in an acrylic case with white display core -- giving you the best in protection while granting clear sightlines into every beautiful detail. Secure this great find for your collection today!

Composition Electrum
Condition Circulated
Grade MS
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