|BYZANTINE ELECTRUM HISTAMENON NOMISMA OF MICHAEL VII DUCAS, REIGNED AD 1071-1078
Michael VII Ducas, electrum histamenon nomisma
Diameter: 29 mm.; Weight: 4.41 grams
Obverse: Facing bust of Christ Pantokrator (Almighty)
Reverse: Crowned bust of Michael VII, wearing loros, holding labarum and globus cruciger.
Very fine condition.
Ex American private collection.
Reference: D. Sear, et al. Byzantine Coins and Their Values. 2nd edition. London. 1987. No. 1868.
|During the reign of the feeble and inconsequential Michael VII, the disintegration of the Empire was taken a stage further. The Seljuqs pushed further with their conquest of Asia Minor while the government of the Byzantine Empire watched helplessly from Constantinople. The Normans also completed their conquest of the Byzantine possessions in South Italy and there was a dangerous insurrection in the Balkans. Early in 1078 the elderly Nicephorus Botaniates rebelled against the regime of Michael VII, and the emperor quietly retired to a monastery.|