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    Rare Non-Nimbus Variety

    Romanus III Argyrus (1028-1034). AV histamenon nomisma (23mm, 4.43 gm, 6h).   Constantinople.  +IhS XIS RЄX RЄΣhANTIhM, Christ enthroned facing, raising hand in blessing and holding Gospels / ΘCЄ bOHΘ' RΩMAhΩ, standing figures of Romanus, wearing loros of square pattern, five pellets on hem, holding globus cruciger in left hand, and the Virgin Mary wearing pallium and maphorium, not nimbate, who reaches up with right hand to crown Romanus; M Θ between figures. Sear 1820. DOC 1a. Rare variety without nimbus, perhaps the finest knwon example! Cleanly struck with a beautiful, inconic image of Christ. NGC Choice MS 5/5 - 5/5.

    Ex Triton IX (10 January 2006), lot 1667.

    Though of no great importance as a ruler, Romanus III produced one of the more attractive Byzantine gold coins, depicting a regal seated figure of Christ Pantocrator backed with his own portrait receiving a blessing from the Virgin Mary. The design proved highly influential and was copied by future emperors down to the 13th century. This variety, which depicts the Virgin without her usual nimbus, is much rarer than the standard issue (Sear 1819), by a factor of 100-to-1. 


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    January, 2015
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