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Michael I Rhangabe, 2 October 811 - 11 July 813 A.D.

Joint rule with Theophylactus, 25 December 811 - 11 July 813 A.D.
After Nicephorus I lost his life fighting in Bulgaria, the wounded and dying co-emperor Stauracius passed the Empire to his brother-in-law Michael. The new emperor called back some of Nicephorus' reforms and recognized the empire of Charlemagne. His regime was toppled when the Bulgar Kahn Krum defeated another Byzantine army.


Byzantine Empire, Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 20 January 842 A.D.

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Most references date this type to the joint reign of Michael II and his son Theophilus II (12 May 821 - 2 Oct 829 A.D.) Anastasi identified it as Theophilus' first issue after Michael's death (2 Oct 829 - 830 A.D.).

Theophilus was an accomplished scholar and highly cultured. Although he admired Arab art and civilization, he was obliged to expend much effort defending his eastern frontier against Mutasim, the Caliph of Baghdad. He died of dysentery.
SH83908. Gold solidus, DOC III, part 1, 15a; Anastasi 515c; Wroth BMC 11; Tolstoi 13; SBCV 1646; Sommer 30.6; Morrisson BnF -; Ratto -, VF, slightly irregular tight flan, weight 3.794 g, maximum diameter 13.4 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 829 - 830 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 bA, beardless facing bust of Theophilus, wearing loros and crown with cross, cross potent in right hand; from the Robert Watcher Collection; very rare; $800.00 (€712.00)
 


Byzantine Empire, Michael I Rhangabe and Theophylactus, 25 December 811 - 11 July 813 A.D.

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After Nicephorus I lost his life fighting in Bulgaria, the wounded and dying co-emperor Stauracius passed the Empire to his brother-in-law Michael. The new emperor called back some of Nicephorus' reforms and recognized the empire of Charlemagne. His regime was toppled when the Bulgar Kahn Krum defeated another Byzantine army.
BZ76934. Bronze follis, Anastasi 482; SBCV 1625; DOC III, part 1, 10, VF, nice dark green patina, crowded flan cutting off most of legend (as always for the type), earthen encrustations, weight 2.692 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 25 Aug 811 - 11 Jul 813 A.D.; obverse MIXA, facing bust of Michael I, wearing crown and loros, cross potent in right; reverse ΘEOΦV, facing bust of Theophylactus, wearing chlamys, globus cruciger in right; ex Forum (2009); rare; SOLD


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BZ47776. Bronze follis, Anastasi 477; SBCV 1624; DOC III, part 1, 9, gVF, weight 2.317 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, obverse MIXA, facing bust, wearing crown and loros, cross potent in right; reverse MIXA, facing bust, wearing chlamys, globus cruciger in right; nice turquoise patina, typical tight flan; rare; SOLD







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Byzantine Coins of Michael I