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Pulcheria, Augusta 4 July 414 - July 453 A.D.

Sister of the emperor Theodosius II and wife of the emperor Marcinian, she was hailed as Augusta at 15 years old. Pulcheria was the true ruler of the Empire during her brother's reign from 414 to 450 A.D. It was under her influence that Theodosius II ordered the destruction of all pagan temples in the Mediterranean. At age 51, she selected Marcian as her husband to legitimize his rule, however she remained chaste. Her will left all her possession to the poor.


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Pulcheria was the true ruler of the Empire during her brother's reign from 414 to 450 A.D.
SH06900. Gold solidus, RIC X Theodosius II 205 (R2); Depeyrot p. 248, 60/1; DOCLR 436; SRCV V 21249, VF, weight 4.27 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 414 - 419 A.D.; obverse AEL PVLCHERIA AVG, diademed and draped bust right, above the hand of God (Manus Dei) holding crown or wreath; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE, Victory seated right on cuirass and shield, inscribing Chi Rho Christogram on shield, star behind in left field, CONOB in exergue; ex Harlan Berk; very rare; SOLD


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Hailed as Augusta at 15 years old, Pulcheria was the true ruler during her brother's reign from 414 to 450 A.D. She was responsible for destruction of all Pagan temples in the Mediterranean. This type was minted during the reign of her husband, Marcian. At age 51, she selected Marcinian as the successor of her brother, Theodosius II. She married him to legitimize his rule, however, Pulcheria remained chaste.
SH15380. Gold tremissis, RIC X Marcian 521 (R3); DOCLR 446; Depeyrot p. 251, 72/4; SRCV V 21256, Choice aEF, weight 1.479 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 24 Aug 450 - Jul 453 A.D.; obverse AEL PVLCHERIA AVG, diademed and draped bust right; reverse cross in wreath (wreath ties 14), CONOB* in exergue; ex Herakles Numismatics; very rare; SOLD


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Hailed as Augusta at 15 years old, Pulcheria was the true ruler during her brother's reign from 414 to 450 A.D. She was responsible for destruction of all Pagan temples in the Mediterranean. This type was minted during the reign of her husband, Marcian. At age 51, she selected Marcinian as the successor of her brother, Theodosius II. She married him to legitimize his rule, however, Pulcheria remained chaste.
SH08856. Gold tremissis, RIC X Marcian 521 (R3); DOCLR 446; Depeyrot p. 251, 72/4; SRCV V 21256, Choice EF, nicely centered and struck with mint luster remaining, weight 1.48 g, maximum diameter 13.7 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 24 Aug 450 - Jul 453 A.D.; obverse AEL PVLCHERIA AVG, diademed and draped bust right; reverse cross in wreath (wreath ties 14), CONOB* in exergue; ex Herakles Numismatics; very rare; SOLD







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