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Michael III and Theodora (843?–856)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4272 (formerly DO 55.1.4272)
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Two halves
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 48.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 55b.

Obverse

Bust of Michael III, bearded, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a chlamys pinned with a fibula on his right shoulder. He holds a labarum in his right hand. No legible epigraphy or border.

Reverse

Bust of Theodora, wearing a crown with two triangular projections (only the one at the right is visible) and a loros, and holding in her left hand a cross scepter. Traces of a circular inscription at right. No visible border.

Commentary

The portraits of Michael III and Theodora resemble those from the reverse of solidi which Grierson has dated to 843(?)–56 (DOC 3.1:2.1 [pl. 28]).

Zacos and Veglery believed that on the reverse they could read the letters RA at right.