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.
Pulcheria was the true ruler of the Empire during her brother's reign from 414 to 450 A.D.
SH06900. Gold solidus, RIC X 205, DOC 436, SRCV 4304, VF, weight 4.27 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, Constantinople 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; reverseSALVS REIPVBLICAE, Victory seated right on cuirass and shield, inscribing Chi RhoChristogram on shield, star behind in left field, CONOBin ex; ex Harlan Berk; very rare; SOLD
Kent notes "that tremisses were suitable gifts from great persons to monasteries, and it is possible that Pulcheria's benefactions and Eudocia's pilgrimages were important stimuli to their coinage."
SH15380. Gold tremissis, RIC X 214, Choice aEF, weight 1.479 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople mint, 420 - 450 A.D.; obverse AEL PVLCHERIA AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassedbust right, wearing earring and necklace; reversecross within wreath, CONOB* in ex; rare; SOLD
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 521, SRCV 4306, Choice EF, weight 1.48 g, maximum diameter 13.7 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople mint, 414 - 419 A.D.; obverse AEL PVLCHERIA AVG, diademed and draped bust right; reverse no legend, cross in wreath, CONOB* in ex; nicely centered and struck with mint luster remaining; very rare (R3); SOLD