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Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 1339. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $610. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EUDOCIA. 1067. AV Histamenon Nomisma (4.36 gm). Constantinople mint. Christ, nimbate, enthroned facing, raising hand in benediction and holding Gospels / Eudocia, crowned and holding sceptre, standing facing on footstool, flanked by Michael and Constantius. DOC III 1; SB 1857. Good VF. ($500)

Eudocia, widow of Constantine X, ruled as regent for her young sons Michael and Constantius. The empire faced a military crisis in the east as the Turks advanced further into Asia Minor, and it was felt a competent military leader should be emperor. Eudocia had declared she would never remarry but, willingly or not, she married Romanus Diogenes and proclaimed him emperor.