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Romanus IV, 1 January 1068 - 19 August 1071 A.D.

Romanus IV Diogenes was the second husband of Eudocia. Eudocia was regent for her son Michael, and it would seem she married Romanus IV to supply the Empire with an emperor. After he was taken prisoner during a military campaign against the Turks, Eudocia was restored to rule - a position, in reality, she had probably never left.

|Romanus| |IV|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Romanus| |IV| |Diogenes,| |1| |January| |1068| |-| |19| |August| |1071||histamenon| |nomisma|
Due to their distinctive iconography, these histamenon were nicknamed "six-headers" in their day.
SH53611. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III-2 1.1; Morrisson BnF 53/Cp/AV/02; Wroth BMC 1; Sommer 54.1; SBCV 1859; Ratto -, aEF, scyphate, well struck, weight 4.396 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1 Jan 1068 - 19 Aug 1071; obverse KWN MX ANΔ, Michael standing facing on footstool, transverse labarum in right hand, akakia in left hand, flanked by Constantius and Andronicus, each standing facing on an individual footstool, each holding akakia in inner hand and globus cruciger in outer hand; reverse + PWMAN S EVΔUKIA, Christ standing facing on footstool, crowning Romanus and Eudocia, each holds a globus cruciger in inner hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: ΙΗΣΟΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ - Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's head; ex Beast Coins; SOLD


|Romanus| |IV|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Romanus| |IV| |Diogenes,| |1| |January| |1068| |-| |19| |August| |1071||histamenon| |nomisma|
Due to their distinctive iconography, these histamenon types were nicknamed "six-headers" in their day.
SH76240. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III-2 1.1; Morrisson BnF 53/Cp/AV/02; Wroth BMC 1; Sommer 54.1; SBCV 1859; Ratto -, gVF, scyphate, earthen encrustation, light bumps and marks, weight 4.373 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1 Jan 1068 - 19 Aug 1071; obverse KWN MX ANΔ, Michael standing facing on footstool, transverse labarum in right hand, akakia in left hand, flanked by Constantius and Andronicus, each standing facing on an individual footstool, each holding akakia in inner hand and globus cruciger in outer hand; reverse + PWMANS EVΔUKIA, Jesus Christ standing facing on footstool, crowning Romanus and Eudocia, each holds a globus cruciger in inner hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: ΙΗΣΟΣ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ - Jesus Christ) flanking above; from the Robert Watcher Collection; SOLD


|Romanus| |IV|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Romanus| |IV| |Diogenes,| |1| |January| |1068| |-| |19| |August| |1071||histamenon| |nomisma|
Due to their distinctive iconography, these histamenon types were nicknamed "six-headers" in their day.
SH94416. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III-2 1; Morrisson BnF 53/Cp/AV/02; Wroth BMC 1; Sommer 54.1; SBCV 1859; Ratto -, VF, scyphate, full border centering, flow lines, double struck, bumps and scratches, weight 4.393 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1 Jan 1068 - 19 Aug 1071; obverse KWN MX ANΔ, Michael standing facing on footstool, transverse labarum in right hand, akakia in left hand, flanked by Constantius and Andronicus, each standing facing on an individual footstool, each holding akakia in inner hand and globus cruciger in outer hand; reverse + PWMANS EVΔUKIA, Jesus Christ standing facing on footstool, crowning Romanus and Eudocia, each holds a globus cruciger in inner hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsos Xrists - Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's head; from the Robert Watcher Collection, ex Heritage auction 3002 (18 Sep 2008), lot 22928; SOLD










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