GOLDEN TREMISSIS AELIA PULCHERIA. AUGUSTA, AD 414-453

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GOLDEN TREMISSIS AELIA PULCHERIA. AUGUSTA, AD 414-453

Period / Age: ca. 430-440 AD, Constantinople mint.

Provenance: Private English collection.

Dimensions:

Diameter: 15.5mm (0.61”)

OBVERSE:
AEL PVLCH ERIA AVG, pearl-diademed and draped bust right.

REVERSE:
Cross within wreath (long wreath ties); CONOB*

CONDITION: Beautiful coin EF and rare!!! Perfectly centred.

Aelia Pulcheria, was a Roman empress, regent for her younger brother Theodosius II from 414 to about 416, and an influential figure in his reign for many years thereafter.

Pulcheria assumed the regency upon her appointment as augusta (empress) on July 4, 414, and the court she ruled was characterized by extreme piety and chastity.

After Theodosius’ death, Pulcheria selected Marcian (her husband) as Theodosius’ successor and agreed to become his nominal wife in order to preserve the Theodosian dynasty.

Throughout her life Pulcheria remained a devout Christian. On Oct. 25, 451, she attended the Council of Chalcedon and was loudly acclaimed by the bishops assembled there. She built several churches in Constantinople and left all her possessions to the poor.