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    Rare Theodora Sole Reign Gold Histamenon

    Theodora, sole reign (AD 1055-1056). AV histamenon nomisma (25mm, 4.40 gm, 6h). NGC AU 5/5 - 2/5, marks. Constantinople. + IhS XIS RЄX-RЄΣNANTIhM, Christ standing facing on dais, wearing nimbus cruciger with single pellet in each arm, pallium and colobium, right hand raised in benediction, book of Gospels cradled in left arm, double border / + ΘЄOΔΩPA-AVΓOVCTA, Theodora (on left) standing facing, right hand on breast, wearing crown with pendilia, divitision and loros, and the Virgin Mary (on right) standing facing, nimbate, wearing maphorium, left hand raised in benediction, jointly holding labarum with square and four pellets on banner and pellet on shaft between them; M-Θ across right fields, double border. Sear 1837. DOC III, Part 2, 1a. Rare. Well-struck.

    From the Collection of a Philhellene. Ex Classical Numismatic Group, Mail Bid Sale 60 (22 May 2002), lot 2037.

    Having outlasted all other members of the Macedonian dynasty, Theodora accepted the purple as sole ruler after the death of Constantine IX in January AD 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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