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Lot 191





Estimate: 20'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 20'000 CHF Price realized: 26'000 CHF
Michael VI Stratioticus, 1056-1057. Histamenon Nomisma. AV 4.38 g. +IhS XIS RªX RªGNANTIhm Facing bust of Christ, nimbate, wearing pallium and colobium, holding Book of Gospels with both his hands; pellets in the arms of the cross on nimbus; around, double border of dots. Rev. +mIXA - HL AY - TOCRAT On l., Michael standing facing, wearing jewelled chlamys, pendilia and crown, holding globe cruciger on his l. hand; he is blessed by the Virgin, nimbate, standing facing and wearing pallium and maphorium; between their heads, MΘ DO 757, 1b; Sear 1840.
Extremely rare. Extremely fine
Provenance:
Auction F. Sternberg, Zurich 17 (1986), 726.
Auction Numismatica Ars Classica AG/NAC, Zurich 56/2 (2010), 747.
Michael Strationicus ("The warlike") was made her successor by Theodora, daughter of Constantine VIII and the last member of the Macedonian House. He was an elderly and incompetent civil servant and palace official. He acceded the throne on August 21, 1056. Even once having probably been a formidable military commander (as his nick-name suggests), he made the grave mistake of offending the powerful military party in Asia Minor. They rose up in revolt and proclaimed as rival emperor Isaac Comnenus. As opposition to his regime also was manifested in the capital, Michael was obliged to resign in favour of his rival on August 31, 1057, just one year after his coronation.

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