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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.1208
People
Michael III, Byzantine (r. 842 - 867)
Title
Solidus of Michael III, Constantinople
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
842-843 (?) CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Early
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/197578
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.49 g
Die Axis
7
Denomination
solidus
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: +ThetaEOdeltaORAdeltaESPVNsA
  • Reverse Inscription: • MIXAHLS ThetaECLA
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 3.1, 1a.1 (p. 461)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.1208
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Bust facing, wearing loros and crown with pendilia and three pinnacles with central cross. In r. hand, globus surmounted by patriarchal cross; in l., cross scepter. Trace of overstriking to r.

Rev.: Two busts facing, Michael on l., wearing loros and crown with cross, holding in r. hand gl. cr.; Thecla on r., larger, wearing loros and crown with pendilia, pinnacles, and cross, holding in r. hand long patriarchal cross.
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, 461, cat. 1a.1, pl. 28

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 95/figs. 36a, 36b

Exhibition History

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

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