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Romanus IV, 1 January 1068 - 19 August 1071 A.D.

Romanus IV Diogenes was the second husband of Eudocia. Eudocia was regent for her son Michael, and it would seem she married Romanus IV to supply the Empire with an emperor. After he was taken prisoner during a military campaign against the Turks, Eudocia was restored to rule - a position, in reality, she had probably never left.


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Due to their distinctive iconography, these histamenon were nicknamed "six-headers" in their day.
SH53611. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III part 2, 1.1; Morrisson BnF 53/Cp/AV/02; Wroth BMC 1; Sommer 54.1; SBCV 1859; Ratto -, aEF, well struck, weight 4.396 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1 Jan 1068 - 19 Aug 1071; obverse KWN MX AN∆, Michael standing facing on footstool, transverse labarum in right hand, akakia in left hand, flanked by Constantius and Andronicus, each standing facing on an individual footstool, each holding globus cruciger in inner hand and akakia in outer hand; reverse + PWMANS EV∆UKIA, Christ standing facing on footstool, crowning Romanus and Eudocia, each holds a globus cruciger in inner hand, IC - XC flanking Christ's head; ex Beast Coins; SOLD


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Due to their distinctive iconography, these histamenon types were nicknamed "six-headers" in their day.
SH76240. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III part 2, 1.1; Morrisson BnF 53/Cp/AV/02; Wroth BMC 1; Sommer 54.1; SBCV 1859; Ratto -, gVF, earthen encrustation, light bumps and marks, weight 4.373 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1 Jan 1068 - 19 Aug 1071; obverse KWN MX AN∆, Michael standing facing on footstool, transverse labarum in right hand, akakia in left hand, flanked by Constantius and Andronicus, each standing facing on an individual footstool, each holding globus cruciger in inner hand and akakia in outer hand; reverse + PWMANS EV∆UKIA, Jesus Christ standing facing on footstool, crowning Romanus and Eudocia, each holds a globus cruciger in inner hand, IC - XC flanking Christ's head; from the Robert Watcher Collection; SOLD


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Due to their distinctive iconography, these histamenon were nicknamed "six-headers" in their day.
SH70956. Gold histamenon nomisma, Sommer 54.2.3 (also clipped); DOC III part 2, 2; Ratto 2026; Morrisson BnF 4 ff.; Wroth BMC 2; SBCV 1861, gF, clipped, weight 2.749 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1 Jan 1068 - 19 Aug 1071; obverse KWN MX AN∆, Michael standing facing, labarum in right, akakia in left, flanked by Constantius and Andronicus, each holding globus cruciger in outer hand, akakia in inner hand, all wear sakkos and loros, all without footstools on dotted exergual band; reverse +PWMA EV∆KIA (or similar), Christ standing facing, wearing nimbus, pallium and colobium, crowning Romanus standing facing on left, and Eudocia standing facing on right, each wearing sakkos and loros and hold a globus cruciger in inner hand, IC - XC flanking above; ex Marti Hervera (Barcelona, Spain); SOLD







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