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Nicephorus III Botaniates, 7 January 1078 - 1 April 1081 A.D.

After the inept rule of Michael VII led to several revolts, Nicephorus seized the capitol and was crowned emperor. His wife died shortly after. To gain the aura of royalty and the support of the powerful Ducas family, he married Michael's wife, Empress Maria of Alania (despite that her husband was still alive). Instead of strengthening his position, the marriage would lead to his downfall. In order 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. He died soon after. Byzantium Empire 1081 AD

|Nicephorus| |III|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Nicephorus| |III| |Botaniates,| |7| |January| |1078| |-| |1| |April| |1081||histamenon| |nomisma|
After the inept rule of Michael VII led to several revolts, Nicephorus seized the capitol and was crowned emperor. His wife died shortly after. To gain the aura of royalty and the support of the powerful Ducas family, he married Michael's wife, Empress Maria of Alania (despite that her husband was still alive). Instead of strengthening his position, the marriage would lead to his downfall. In order 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. He died soon after.
SH53622. Electrum histamenon nomisma, DOC III-2 3, Morrisson BnF 56/Cp/AV/1, Wroth BMC 7, Ratto 2051, SBCV 1881, Sommer 56.3, VF, scyphate, weight 4.374 g, maximum diameter 29.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 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, all inside double border; reverse +NIKHΦ ΔEC TW ROTANIAT (or similar), Nicephorus standing facing on footstool, bearded, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum with cross on shaft and globus cruciger, all inside double border; very scarce; SOLD


|Nicephorus| |III|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Nicephorus| |III| |Botaniates,| |7| |January| |1078| |-| |1| |April| |1081||histamenon| |nomisma|
After the inept rule of Michael VII led to several revolts, Nicephorus seized the capitol and was crowned emperor. His wife died shortly after. To gain the aura of royalty and the support of the powerful Ducas family, he married Michael's wife, Empress Maria of Alania (despite that her husband was still alive). Instead of strengthening his position, the marriage would lead to his downfall. In order 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. He died soon after.
SH90882. Electrum histamenon nomisma, DOC III-2 3a, SBCV 1881, Morrisson BnF 56/Cp/AV/04, Wroth BMC 11, Sommer 56.3 var. (no pellets in cross), Ratto 2051 var. (same), VF, scyphate, weight 4.345 g, maximum diameter 30.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 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 NIKHΦ ΔEC TW ROTANIAT (or similar), 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


|Nicephorus| |III|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Nicephorus| |III| |Botaniates,| |7| |January| |1078| |-| |1| |April| |1081||histamenon| |nomisma|
After the inept rule of Michael VII led to several revolts, Nicephorus seized the capitol and was crowned emperor. His wife died shortly after. To gain the aura of royalty and the support of the powerful Ducas family, he married Michael's wife, Empress Maria of Alania (despite that her husband was still alive). Instead of strengthening his position, the marriage would lead to his downfall. In order 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. He died soon after.
SH70970. Electrum histamenon nomisma, DOC III-2 3b, Wroth BMC 7, Morrisson BnF 56/Cp/AV/01, Ratto 2051, SBCV 1881, Sommer 56.3, F/VF, scyphate, flan crack, weight 4.257 g, maximum diameter 28.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse Christ seated facing on a throne without back, wearing nimbus cruciger, no pellets in the arms of the cross, pallium, and colobium, gospels in left, raises right in benediction, IC - XC on sides of nimbus, all inside double border; reverse +NIKHΦ ΔEC TW ROTANIAT (or similar), 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; very scarce; SOLD







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