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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.1174
People
Theophilus, Byzantine (r. 829 - 842)
Title
Solidus of Theophilus, Constantinople
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
late 830s CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Early
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/197010
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.41 g
Die Axis
6
Denomination
solidus
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: ThetaEK'ThetaEOF'ThetaE'
  • Reverse Inscription: *AnnASAnSTASIA
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 3.1, 4 (p. 428)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.1174
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Three busts facing: Theophilos in center, bearded, wearing chlamys and crown, with cross, between Thekla on l. and Theodora on r., each wearing crown with loros and triangular ornaments. Two crosses in field above.

Rev.: Busts of Anna and Anastasia facing, each wearing crown with triangles, central cross, and pendilia. Cross in field above.
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 1, 428, cat. 4, pl. 22

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 95/figs 35a, 35b

Exhibition History

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

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