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Theodora, 21 April 1042 - 12 June 1042 and 11 January 1055 - 21 August 1056

Joint rule with Zoe (her sister), 21 April - 12 June 1042 A.D.
Sole rule, 11 January 1055 - 21 Aug 1056 A.D.

The two elderly daughters of Constantine VIII ruled jointly for seven and a half weeks following the deposition of Michael V. They were unfit for rule and did not get along. The senator Constantine Monomachus was selected as a husband for Zoe ascended the throne as Constantine IX. Theodora had sole rule for a year and a half after the death of Constantine IX until her death. She nominated Michael Stratioticus, a civil servant, as her successor.

Theodora, 21 April 1042 - 12 June 1042 and 11 January 1055 - 21 August 1056

|Theodora|, |Theodora,| |21| |April| |1042| |-| |12| |June| |1042| |and| |11| |January| |1055| |-| |21| |August| |1056||histamenon| |nomisma|
Zoe and Theodora, the two elderly daughters of Constantine VIII ruled jointly for 7 1/2 weeks (21 Apr - 12 Jun 1042) following the deposition of Michael V. They were unfit for rule and did not get along. The senator Constantine Monomachus was selected as a husband for Zoe ascended the throne as Constantine IX. Theodora held sole rule for a year and a half after the death of Constantine IX until her death (11 Jan 1055 - 21 Aug 1056). She nominated Michael Stratioticus, a civil servant, as her successor.
BZ89542. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III, part 2, 1c; SBCV 1837, Wroth BMC 4 var. (pellets in nimbus); Morrison BnF 1 var. (same); Ratto -, Sommer -, VF, broad flan, bumps and scratches, die wear, weight 4.186 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, sole reign, 11 Jan 1055 - 21 Aug 1056; obverse + IhS XIS REX REGNANITInm (Jesus Christ, King of Kings), Christ Pantokrator standing facing on dais, wearing nimbus cruciger with no pellets, pallium and colobium, right hand raised in benediction, book of Gospels cradled in left arm, double border; reverse + ΘEO∆wPA AVΓOVCTA (Theodora, Empress), Theodora (on left) and the Virgin (on left) standing facing, jointly holding labarum between them with pellet on shaft, Theodora with right hand on breast, wearing crown with pendilia, saccos with cross and loros; the Virgin nimbate, wearing pallium and maphorium, M - Θ (mother of God) flanking her head; from the Robert Watcher Collection; rare; SOLD







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