BYZANTINE Constantine X 1059-1067 AD follis


BYZANTINE, Constantine X, 1059-1067 AD, follis, no date, Constantinople mint, Obverse: Christ standing facing, IC XC, Reverse: Constantine & Eudoxia standing, KWN T ΔK EVΔK AVΓO, bronze, 28-30mm, 3.86g, SB1853, bent, VG

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Constantine X Dukas was the founder of the Dukid dynasty. He apparently corrupted good government wherever he found it, putting his incompetent friends and relatives everywhere, with negative results. Territory was lost, money was misappropriated, infrastructure deteriorated.

We call them Byzantines, but they thought of themselves as Romans. It is not incorrect to think of the Roman Empire persisting until 1453, when the Ottomans conquered Constantinople. The main reference we are using for the Byzantine series is “Byzantine Coins and their Values,” by David Sear.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.