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Michael III and Theodora (843?–856)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4272 (formerly DO 55.1.4272)
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Two halves
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 48.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 55b.

Obverse

Bust of Michael III, bearded, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a chlamys pinned with a fibula on his right shoulder. He holds a labarum in his right hand. No legible epigraphy or border.

Reverse

Bust of Theodora, wearing a crown with two triangular projections (only the one at the right is visible) and a loros, and holding in her left hand a cross scepter. Traces of a circular inscription at right. No visible border.

Commentary

The portraits of Michael III and Theodora resemble those from the reverse of solidi which Grierson has dated to 843(?)–56 (DOC 3.1:2.1 [pl. 28]).

Zacos and Veglery believed that on the reverse they could read the letters RA at right.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4272 (formerly DO 55.1.4272)
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Two halves
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 48.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 55b.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4272 (formerly DO 55.1.4272)
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Two halves
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 48.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 55b.

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