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HM30246

NGC Ch AU 4/5 2/5 | Romanus IV, Diogenes (1068-1071), gold Histamenon.

Romanus IV, Diogenes (1068-1071), gold Histamenon, Constantinople, concave side, + PWMAN' ЄVΔOKIA, Christ standing facing, IC-XI, crowning Romanus on his left and Eudocia on his right, convex side, KWN MX ANΔ, figure of Michael, holding labarum and akakia, between Constantius and Andronicus, each holding globus cruciger and akakia, all standing on dotted exergual line, double border of pellets, 4.45g (DO 2; S. 1861). NGC Ch AU 4/5 2/5.

Traditionally the obverse is the convex side and portrays Christ. In this coinage, Christ appears on the concave side, and the three sons of the previous ruler, now Romanus IV's stepsons, are depicted on the convex side. It's notable that Romanus IV was captured in battle, deposed in his absence, and very quickly replaced by his stepson Michael, already depicted here in the centre of the convex side of his unfortunate predecessor's coin.

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