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    Theodora, Sole Rule

    Theodora, sole reign (1055-1056). AV histamenon nomisma (24mm, 4.43 gm, 6h). Constantinople. + IhS XIS RЄX RЄΣNANTIhM, Christ Pantocrator standing facing on dais; with cruciform nimbus, single pellet in each arm of cross, holding book of Gospels cradled in left arm / + ΘЄOΔΩPA AVΓOVCTA, Theodora, wearing crown with pendilia, divitision, and loros, and the Virgin Mary, wearing nimbus crown and maphorion, standing facing, holding labarum between them; M Θ to right. Sear 1837. DOC 1a. Rare. Well-struck. NGC AU 5/5 - 4/5.

    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 unwisely chose for her successor the highly unsuitable civil servant Michael VI Bringas.


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