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Michael II the Amorian, 25 December 820 - 2 October 829 A.D.

Joint rule with Theophilus (his son), from 12 May 821 (or 1 June 822).
Michael II started his career as a humble soldier. Leo V's assassination while trying to impose iconoclasm probably taught Michael a lesson, as he chose to remain religiously neutral. With Bulgarian help, he defeated the usurper Thomas, who with his Arab allies even besieged Constantinople for one year. Even after the rebellion was crushed, the Arabs still occupied Crete and initiated an invasion of Sicily.


Byzantine Empire, Michael II and Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 2 October 829 A.D.

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Anastasi identifies larger examples of this type as folles (Anastasi 513) and smaller examples (Anastasi 514) as half folles. He states the "M" does not indicate the value, but rather is the initial of Michael II. Other references identify this smaller type as a follis.
BZ67643. Bronze half follis, Anastasi 514; DOC III part 1, 21.21; Wroth BMC 26; Morrisson BnF 31/Sy/AE/10; Calciati MBBS 89A; SBCV 1652; Spahr -, EF, typical tight flan, weight 3.733 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 12 May 821 - 2 Oct 829; obverse MIXA-HL - S ΘEOF (F upside down), facing crowned busts of Michael, on left with short beard and chlamys, and Theophilus, beardless with loros, pellet between their heads; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, Θ below; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Michael II and Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 2 October 829 A.D.

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Michael II started his career as a humble soldier and as Emperor remained religiously neutral. With Bulgarian help he defeated the usurper Thomas, who, with his Arab allies, even besieged Constantinople for one year.
BZ83087. Bronze follis, Anastasi 513d; Morrisson BnF 31/Sy/AE/1, SBCV 1652, gVF, weight 4.213 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 12 May 821 - 2 Oct 829; obverse MIXA-HL S ΘEOF (F upside down), facing crowned busts of Michael, on left with short beard and chlamys, and Theophilus, beardless with loros; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, Θ below; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Michael II and Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 2 October 829 A.D.

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Anastasi identifies larger examples of this type as folles (Anastasi 513) and smaller examples (Anastasi 514) as half folles. He states the "M" does not indicate the value, but rather is the initial of Michael II. Other references identify this smaller type as a follis.
BZ67640. Bronze half follis, Anastasi 514; DOC III part 1, 21.21; Wroth BMC 26; Morrisson BnF 31/Sy/AE/10; Calciati MBBS 89A; SBCV 1652; Spahr -, gVF, typical tight flan, small module, weight 2.446 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 12 May 821 - 2 Oct 829; obverse MIXA-HL - S ΘEOF (F upside down), facing crowned busts of Michael, on left with short beard and chlamys, and Theophilus, beardless with loros, pellet between their heads; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, Θ below; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Michael II and Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 2 October 829 A.D.

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BZ81548. Bronze follis, DOC III part 1, 10; Sommer 30.3; Morrisson BnF 31/Cp/01; Tolstoi 22; Ratto 1812; Wroth BMC 6; SBCV 1642, gVF, weight 7.756 g, maximum diameter 30.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 821 - 829 A.D.; obverse MIHAXL S ΘEOFILOS, facing crowned busts of Michael II, wearing chlamys and Theophilus, wearing loros, cross between their heads; reverse large M (40 nummi), XXX left, NNN right, cross above, Θ below; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Michael II and Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 2 October 829 A.D.

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Michael II started his career as a humble soldier. Leo V's assassination while trying to impose iconoclasm probably taught Michael a lesson, as he chose to remain religiously neutral. With Bulgarian help, he defeated the usurper Thomas, who with his Arab allies even besieged Constantinople for one year. Even after the rebellion was crushed, the Arabs still occupied Crete and initiated an invasion of Sicily.
BZ87664. Bronze follis, DOC III part 1, 10; Morrisson BnF 31/Cp/01; Sommer 30.3; Wroth BMC 6; Tolstoi 22; Ratto 1812; SBCV 1642, VF, centered, dark tone, many scratches, corrosion, edge splits, large module, weight 5.565 g, maximum diameter 29.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 12 May 821 - 2 Oct 829; obverse MIHAXL S ΘEOFILOS, facing crowned busts of Michael II, bearded, wearing chlamys and Theophilus, wearing loros, no circlet on crowns below crosses, cross between their heads; reverse large M (40 nummi), XXX left, NNN right, cross above, Θ below; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Michael II and Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 2 October 829 A.D.

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The reverse is a clever expression of the two emperors initials, with the larger M for the senior emperor also indicating the denomination.
BZ43723. Bronze follis, Anastasi 513h; DOC III part 1, 21; Morrisson BnF 31/Sy/AE/01; SBCV 1652, Choice VF, well centered on a broad flan with a clear legend, large module, weight 3.243 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, obverse MIXA-HL - S ΘEO Λ, facing crowned busts of Michael, on left with short beard and chlamys, and Theophilus, beardless with loros; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, Θ below; very scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Michael II and Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 2 October 829 A.D.

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Michael II started his career as a humble soldier. Leo V's assassination while trying to impose iconoclasm probably taught Michael a lesson, as he chose to remain religiously neutral. With Bulgarian help, he defeated the usurper Thomas, who with his Arab allies even besieged Constantinople for one year. Even after the rebellion was crushed, the Arabs still occupied Crete and initiated an invasion of Sicily.
BZ58969. Bronze follis, DOC III part 1, 9; Sommer 30.2; Wroth BMC 6; Morrisson BnF 31/Cp/AE/01; Tolstoi 22; Ratto 1812; SBCV 1642, VF, some corrosion, weight 5.368 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 12 May 821 - 2 Oct 829; obverse MIHAXL S ΘEOFILOS, facing crowned busts of Michael II, wearing chlamys and Theophilus, wearing loros, small circlet on crowns below crosses, cross between their heads; reverse large M (40 nummi), XXX left, NNN right, cross above, Θ below; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Michael II and Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 2 October 829 A.D.

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Michael II started his career as a humble soldier. Leo V's assassination while trying to impose iconoclasm probably taught Michael a lesson, as he chose to remain religiously neutral. With Bulgarian help, he defeated the usurper Thomas, who with his Arab allies even besieged Constantinople for one year. Even after the rebellion was crushed, the Arabs still occupied Crete and initiated an invasion of Sicily.
BZ67289. Bronze follis, Anastasi 513; DOC III part 1, 21; Sommer 30.8.3; Wroth BMC 20; Morrisson BnF 31/Sy/AE/01; Tolstoi 27; Ratto 1814; SBCV 1652, VF, rough patina, some earthen encrustations, weight 4.173 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 12 May 821 - 2 Oct 829; obverse MIXA-HL - S ΘEOF (F upside down), facing crowned busts of Michael, on left with short beard and chlamys, and Theophilus, beardless with loros; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, Θ below; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Michael II and Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 2 October 829 A.D.

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Michael II started his career as a humble soldier. Leo V's assassination while trying to impose iconoclasm probably taught Michael a lesson, as he chose to remain religiously neutral. With Bulgarian help, he defeated the usurper Thomas, who with his Arab allies even besieged Constantinople for one year. Even after the rebellion was crushed, the Arabs still occupied Crete and initiated an invasion of Sicily.
SH83906. Gold tremissis, Morrisson BnF 31/Cp/AV/2 corr. (solidi); Anastasi 511; DOC III 18 (not in collection, refs BnF); SBCV 1650; Wroth BMC -; Sommer -; Tolstoi -; Ratto -, EF, tight flan, weight 1.275 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 821 - 829 A.D.; obverse MI-XAHL bA, bearded facing bust of Michael, wearing chlamys and crown with cross, globus cruciger in right hand; reverse ΘE-OFILO b, bearded facing bust of Theophilus, wearing chlamys and crown with cross, cross potent in right hand, cross in right field; from the Robert Watcher Collection, ex Savoca Numismatik; very rare; SOLD








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