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    Theodora, Sole Reign

    Theodora (1055-1056). AV histamenon nomisma (25mm, 4.38 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, the Virgin wears pallium and maphorium, M - Θ to either side.  Sear 1837. DO 1a. A lovely example of this rarity. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice AU? 5/5 - 5/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection.

    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 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. 

    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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