Solidus of Michael III and Theodora, Constantinople

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Issued by Michael III
Byzantine (r. 842 - 867)
Byzantine (r. 830 - 856)
Solidus of Michael III and Theodora, Constantinople, 843 (?) -856 CE
9th century
Byzantine period, Early
Creation Place: Constantinople (Thrace)
4.42 g
DOC 3.1, 2.2 (p. 463)
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
, 1951.31.4.1209
Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art & Numismatics
Obv.: Bust of Christ (Type Vc) facing, bearded, with cross behind head, wearing tunic and himation; r. hand raised in gesture of blessing in front of body, l. hand holding a book from beneath.

Rev.: Two busts facing, Michael on l., bearded, wearing chlamys and crown with cross; Theodora on r., larger, wearing loros and crown with pendilia, two pinnacles and cross. Above, cross.
Alfred R. Bellinger, ed., Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & and Collection (Washington, D.C, 1992), vol. 3, part 1, 463, cat. 2.2, pl. 28

Prof. Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 96/figs. 37a, 37b

Exhibition History
Byzantine Women and Their World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/25/2002 - 04/28/2003