Identification and Creation
Object Number
2011.1.19
People
Romanos III, Byzantine (r. 1028 - 1034)
Title
Histamenon of Romanus III, Constantinople
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
1028 - 1034
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Middle
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/336402
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.40g
Die Axis
6
Denomination
histamenon
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: +IeS XI REX REGNANTIuM
Provenance
Jane Ayer Scott, Newton MA (by 2008), by inheritance; to her husband Wellington F. Scott III, (2008-2010), gift; to The Harvard Art Museums, 2010.

There is no further information available about where Jane Scott purchased the coin. Byzantine coins, even gold solidi, were struck by the millions and circulated widely in the Byzantine Empire from Spain, Italy to Greece, Bulgaria, the Balkans, Israel, Turkey and Syria.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC III 2, 1d p.717
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of Wellington F. Scott III in memory of Jane Ayer Scott
Accession Year
2011
Object Number
2011.1.19
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Christ seated on square-backed throne (Type IIa) facing, bearded, with cross nimbus, wearing tunic and himation; r. hand raised in blessing in cloak; l. hand holds book by upper edge on knee.
Rev.: To l. emperor Romanos standing facing, wearing modified loros with four pellets at the end, and crown with cross and pendilia, holding right hand to breast and globe cruciger in l. To r. Virgin , standing facing, nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion, crowning emperor with r. and holding l. hand on breast. Between heads M and Theta

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