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Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |Comnen Dynasty| > |Nicephorus III| > SH90882
Byzantine Empire, Nicephorus III Botaniates, 7 January 1078 - 1 April 1081
The inept rule of Michael VII led to several revolts. Nicephorus seized the capital, was crowned and married Michael's wife, Empress Maria of Alania. To ensure the succession of her son Constantine, Empress Maria conspired with Alexius Comnenus to dispose of Nicephorus. Just as Nicephorus had banished Michael to a monastery, Alexius Comnenus banished Nicephorus to a monastery.
SH90882. Electrum histamenon nomisma, DOC III part 2, 3a; SBCV 1881; Morrisson BnF 4; Wroth BMC 11; Sommer 56.3 var. (no pellets in cross), Ratto 2051 var. (same), VF, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 4.345g, maximum diameter 30.2mm, die axis 180o, 7 Jan 1078 - 1 Apr 1081; obverse Christ seated facing on a throne without back, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, gospels in left, raises right in benediction, IC - XC on sides of nimbus, one pellet in each arm of the cross, all inside double border; reverse NIKHFP ∆EC TW ROTANIAT, Nicephorus standing facing on footstool, bearded, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum with cross on shaft and globus cruciger, all inside double border; from the Robert Watcher Collection; scarce; SOLD










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Byzantine Coins of Nicephorus III