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Michael VII Ducas, 24 October 1071 - 24 March 1078 A.D.

Michael's reign was a period of disasters and territorial losses. Unable to face these challenges, Michael VII abdicated and lived as a monk for the last 12 years of his life.


Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

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Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars - redux means "coming back" or "returning." She may be one of the later aspects of Fortuna, as the earliest mention of her is on an altar dedicated by the Senate in 19 B.C. for the safe return of Emperor Augustus.
RA91227. Billon antoninianus, SRCV III 11539, Cohen VI 82, Hunter IV - (p. cx), VF, desert patina, oval flan, small edge split, weight 3.330 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, Milan(?) mint, c. 270 - 271 A.D.; obverse IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna seated left on wheel, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, exergue off flan; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 76 (7 April 2019), part of lot 942; $95.00 (€83.60)
 


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Michael's reign was a period of disasters and territorial losses. Unable to face these challenges, Michael VII abdicated and lived as a monk for the last 12 years of his life.
SH51594. Electrum histamenon nomisma, Morrisson BnF 55/Cp/AV/6; Sommer 55.2.2; DOC III part 2, 2d; Wroth BMC 10; Ratto 2033; SBCV 1868, aVF, interesting graffiti encircling obverse and reverse, weight 4.326 g, maximum diameter 29.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 24 Oct 1071 - 24 Mar 1078 A.D.; obverse IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), bust of Christ facing, wears tunic, himation, & nimbus cruciger, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand; reverse + MIXAHΛ RACIΛ O ∆, bearded bust facing, wears loros with seven jewels on collar and crown with pendilia, labarum in right hand with pellet on shaft, globus cruciger in left hand; SOLD


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The references list many slight variations for this type (legend variations, different ornamentation on the nimbus, gospels and labarum, a pellet or no pellet on the labarum shaft, the number of pearls on the emperor's collar, etc.). Some of these details may have had meaning as secret control marks, but some were probably the unimportant whims of the die engraver.
SH17278. Electrum histamenon nomisma, Morrisson BnF 55/Cp/AV/01 var. (8 jewels on collar); Sommer 55.2.3; DOC III part 2, 2a; Wroth BMC 3; Ratto 2032; SBCV 1868, Choice EF, weight 4.440 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 24 Oct 1071 - 24 Mar 1078 A.D.; obverse IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), bust of Christ facing, wears tunic, himation, & nimbus cruciger, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand; reverse + MIXAHΛ RACIΛ O ∆, bearded bust facing, wears loros with seven jewels on the collar and crown with pendilia, labarum in right, globus cruciger in left; SOLD







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