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    Last Of The Macedonians

    Theodora, as sole Empress (1055-1056). AV histamenon nomisma (25mm, 4.44 gm, 6h). Constantinople. +IhS XIS RЄX RЄGNANTIhm, Christ standing facing on footstool, with decorated nimbus, wearing pallium and colobium and holding Book of Gospels with both hands; all within double border of dots / +ΘEOΔΩPA AVΓOVCTA, Theodora, crowned, and the Virgin, nimbate, standing facing holding labarum between them; the Empress wears loros, theVirgin wears pallium and maphorium, M - Θ to either side.  Sear 1837. DO 1a. A lovely example of this rarity. NGC Choice AU ★ 5/5 - 4/5.

    Theodora was one of two daughters born to the profligate Emperor Constantine VIII (sole ruler AD 1025-1028), brother and co-ruler of the great Basil II (AD 976-1025). Bookish and austere, she never married and was the polar opposite of her sister, the sensuous and oft-wed Zoe. Having outlasted all other members of the Macedonian dynasty, Theodora accepted the purple as sole ruler after the death of Constantine IX in January 1055. On the whole she ruled with frugality, caution and competence, but her micro-management of affairs and her dismissal of capable officials, including the general Nicephorus Bryennius, earned criticism. After 18 months on the throne, she fell seriously ill and chose for her successor the highly unsuitable civil servant Michael VI Bringas. Her death in August 1056 brought the 187-year run of the Macedonian dynasty to a close. 


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    August, 2016
    11th Thursday
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