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Romanos Argyros, III 1028-1034 AD
Stamenon (Histamenon) Nomisma. Argyrus is Greek for "silver"
Romanos Argyros was the great-grandson of Emperor Romanos I. Romanos III attracted the attention of Constantine VIII, who forced him to divorce his wife Helena in order to marry the emperor's daughter Zoe. Constantine VIII died three days after their wedding leaving Romanos III as emperor. The new emperor was largely inept but his general George Maniaces achieved brilliant victories in Syria, captured and successful defended Edessa and the defeated the Saracen fleet in the Adriatic. Romanos III faced several conspiracies while Zoe became disenchanted by him and was involved with the handsome Michael Paphlagonian. Michael’s brother John was an influential palace Eunuch. Romanos died while taking a bath April 11, 1034 and it is thought Empress Zoe had a hand in his demise as the following day the Imperial widow, having married her lover, had him ascend to the throne as Michael IV. Obverse nimbate enthroned Christ wearing cruciger, pallium and colobium, and raising right hand in benediction, book of Gospels in left hand within a double border + IhS XIS REX REGNANTInM. Reverse nimbate Theotokos wearing pallium and maphorium, with her right hand crowning the emperor while carrying a book of Gospels in left hand. Romanus on left the Theotokos wearing saccos and loros and holding globus cruciger ΘCE bOHΘ’ RWMAnW between their heads, MΘ.
Mint: Constantinople
Provenance: Private acquisition *

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