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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.1612
People
Romanos IV, Byzantine (r. 1068 - 1071)
Title
Tetarteron of Romanuos IV and Eudokia Makrembolitissa
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
1068-1071 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Middle
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/168621
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.05 g
Denomination
tetarteron
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: +ThetaKE ROHTheta. In field, MR ThetaV (both overlined).
  • Reverse Inscription: +IPsiMLambdaNS CVDeltaKRI--
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 3.2, 3.3 (p. 791)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.1612
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Bust of the Virgin facing, wearing tunic and maphorion, holding medallion of the Infant Christ with cross behind head. Single border of dots.

Rev.: Half-figure of Romanus (on l.) and Eudocia (on r.) facing, holding between them globe which supports a long cross, Romanus wearing modified loros and crown with cross and pendilia, Eudocia wearing modified loros and crown with pinnacles and pendilia. Single border of dots.

reverse die exis 6 o'clock
Publication History

Alfred R. Bellinger, ed., Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection (Washington, D.C, 1992), vol. 3, part 2, 791, cat. 3.3

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 103/figs. 43a, 43b

Exhibition History

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

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