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Lot 4261

Theodora, 1055-1056. Gold Tetarteron (3.92g) minted at Constantinople. Facing nimbate bust of Christ Pantokrator, raising hand in benediction and holding ornamented book of Gospels. Reverse: Bust of Theodora facing wearing crown with cross and pendilia and loros with a high pearl collar, holding scepter and globus cruciger. DO. III, 2.10; Sear 1838. Quite a pleasing example of this rare type. Extremely Fine/ Choice Very Fine.

When the pleasure-loving Constantine IX died and her sister Zoe predeceased, Theodora the last of the Macedonian House, ascended the throne. Ruling in her own name for over a year, Theodora was the first empress to do so since Irene.
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,500.
Wolfen Family Foundation, purchased from Bank Leu early 1970s.

Realized $4,888

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