Been awhile since I added a new Byzantine coin. Saw this one listed from one of my favorite dealers & grabbed it. John I Tzimiskes (969 - 976 A.D.) Æ “Anonymous” Follis Class A1 O: Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium and holding book of Gospels; IC XC in fields to left and right. R: + IhSЧS / XRISTЧS / bASILЄЧ / bASILЄ / ·, legend in four lines. 8.68g 26mm SBCV 1793 John I Tzimisces was the lover of Empress Theophano, which led to the murder of Emperor Nicephorus II and John's elevation to the throne. John introduced a follis that depicted a bust of Christ on the obverse and a religious inscription on the reverse. These types, referred to as anonymous folles because they do not identify the issuing emperor, would become the norm for bronze coinage during the following century.