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ID:     31260
Type:     Byzantine
Region:     BYZANTINE EMPIRE
Issuer:     Romanus I, Lacapenus
Date Ruled:     AD 913-959
Metal:     Gold
Denomination:     Solidus
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     A.D. 921-931
Diameter:     20.2 mm
Weight:     4.196 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     +IhS XPS REX REGNANTInm
Obverse Description:     Christ enthroned facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium and raising right in benediction, holding gospels in left hand, the throne has a lyre back and is ornamented with pearls
Reverse Legend:     ROman Et XRISTOFO AYGGb
Reverse Description:     Facing busts of Romanus I, with short beard on left, and Christopher (his son-in-law), beardless on right, Romanus wears loros, Christopher wears chlamys, and they hold a long patriarchal cross between them
Mint:     Constantinople
Primary Reference:     DO III part 2, 7
Reference2:     SBCV 1745
Reference3:     HB 276
Photograph Credit:     FORUM ANCIENT COINS
Source:     http://www.forumancientcoins.com/catalog/roman-and-greek-coins.asp?zpg=36657