http://augustuscoins.com/ed/Byz/ConVII.html on the complicated reign of the Byzantine emperor Constantine VII who was "born in the purple" and began his reign too young to actually rule. At first his mother was regent, but she was pushed aside by Romanus I, who then promoted his own son Christopher. I just added this coin (the fourth coin on the site), because it helps tell the story. The coin names three rulers. Note the order of the names. 25 mm. 2.81 grams. Silver miliaresion. Obverse: Cross potent on four steps, globus beneath. IhSЧS XRI-STЧS ҺICA (Jesus Christ conquers) Reverse: +ROmAҺO Romanus [and] XPISTOFOR' Christopher CЄ COҺSTAҺ' and Constan[tine VII] ЄҺ Xω ЄVSЄ in Christ pius [pious] b BASIL R' emperor of the Romans Sear 1754. Although Constantine VII was technically the legitimate emperor, the coin shows that Romanus was in power and Christopher was next in line. However, as is so often the case, events intervened and changed what had been planned by Romanus. You can read the rest of story on the site: http://augustuscoins.com/ed/Byz/ConVII.html Byzantine coins are not always beautiful, but the stories are great! Show, or tell, us something Byzantine!