Gold Nomisma, Eastern Roman/Byzantine, c. 1071-1078 AD
Ruler: Michael VII Ducas
Obv: Bust of Christ, facing, with Nimbus
Rev: Bust of Emperor facing, holding labarum and globe cruciger
Sear-B1868, 30mm, 4.31gm
Lovely portrait of Christ!
Michael VII was the eldest son of Constantine X Doukas and Eudokia Makrembolitissa, and was born c. 1050, in Constantinople. He had been associated with his father on the throne late in 1059, together with or shortly before his newly born brother Konstantios Doukas.
When Constantine X died in 1067, Michael VII was 17 years old and should have been able to rule by himself. He exhibited little interest in politics, and his mother Eudokia and uncle John Doukas governed the empire as effective regents.