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    Romanus III Argyrus (1028-1034). AV histamenon nomisma (24mm, 4.37 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 fold of robe, holding globus cruciger in left hand, and the Virgin Mary, nimbate, wearing pallium and maphorium, who reaches up with right hand to crown Romanus, M Θ between them. Sear 1819. DOC 1c. Well struck from dies of beautiful style. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice AU 5/5 - 4/5, clipped.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Stack's (New York, November 1991), lot 42. 

    Romanus III could look and act like an emperor, but lacked any hint of a backbone and was easily dominated by his wife and courtiers. Still, his general George Maniaces won a series of victories in Syria and, as yet, the Empire was under no imminent threat, so the illusion of strength sustained. At length the voluptuous Zoë grew tired of her aged husband and sought solace in the arms of the handsome Michael the Paphlagonian. Shortly thereafter, Romanus conveniently died in his bath and Michael IV ascended the throne in his place. 

    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 well into the 13th century. The Dimitriadis Collection seems to have acquired a large number of these pleasing gold histamena in high grade and they are presented here both singly and in small lots. 

    This coin from the Dimitriadis Collection has been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. It may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. E-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.


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