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Michael IV, 12 April 1034 - 10 December 1041 A.D.

Michael IV, the Paphlagonian, was a good ruler, but was weakened by epilepsy. He secluded himself, and as a consequence, his brother John did much of the business of government. He used taxation to the point of extortion, causing a revolt in the Balkans. Michael put down the revolt, but died soon after.


Byzantine Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class B, Romanus III or Michael IV, 12 November 1028 - 10 December 1041 A.D.

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The emperor's name and portrait are not part of the design on the Byzantine types referred to as anonymous folles. Instead of the earthly king, these coins depict Jesus Christ, King of Kings.
BZ77164. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ, class B; SBCV 1823, VF, overstruck, well centered, weight 6.610 g, maximum diameter 29.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 12 Nov 1028 - 10 Dec 1041 A.D.; obverse EMMANOVHΛ, facing bust of Christ, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, holding gospels with both hands, IC - XC (Jesus Christ) flanking across field; reverse cross on three steps with pellet at each extremity, in fields IS - XS (Jesus Christ) / bAS-ILE / bAS-ILE (King of Kings); $135.00 (€120.15)
 


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SH39890. Gold histamenon nomisma, SBCV 1824, VF, holed, ex jewelry, weight 4.264 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse +Ihs XIS REX REGNANTInm, bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger (halo with cross), tunic and himation, right raised in blessing, holding gospels in left; reverse +mIXAHL BASILEWS Rm, bearded bust of Michael IV facing, crown with cross and pendilia, jewels around neck, jeweled chlamys, labarum in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, manus Dei above; very scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class C, Michael IV, 12 April 1034 - 10 December 1041 A.D.

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"The obverse on this type represents an icon to which the Empress Zoe was particularly devoted, and a similar representation appears on a pattern histamenon of Zoe's brief sole reign in December, 1041." -- David Sear's Byzantine Coins and Their Values
BZ71689. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ, class C; SBCV 1825, VF, nice green patina, reverse double struck, weight 9.400 g, maximum diameter 31.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1034 - 1041 A.D.; obverse EMMANOVHΛ, three-quarter length figure of Christ standing facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, raising right in benediction, Gospels in left, IC-XC; reverse Jeweled cross with pellet at each extremity, in the angles IC - XC / NI-KA (Jesus Christ Conquers); SOLD







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