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Byzantine Empire, Isaac II Angelus, 12 September 1185 - 8 April 1195 A.D.
In Hebrew, Michael means "who is like God." Archangel Michael is mentioned three times in the Book of Daniel, once as a "great prince who stands up for the children of your people." The idea that Michael was the advocate of the Jews became so prevalent that in spite of the rabbinical prohibition against appealing to angels as intermediaries between God and his people, Michael came to occupy a certain place in the Jewish liturgy. In the Book of Revelation, Michael leads God's armies and defeats Satan's forces. Christian sanctuaries to Michael appeared in the 4th century, when he was first seen as a healing angel, and then over time as a protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil. By the 6th century, devotions to Archangel Michael were widespread both in the Eastern and Western Churches. BZ91212. Bronze tetarteron, cf. DOC IV 5c; Sommer 65.8; Hendy pl. 21, 10; Wroth BMC 44; Ratto 2198; Morrisson BnF 64/Th/AE/1; SBCV 2005, gVF, nice dark green patina, choice obverse, struck on a cut fragment of an older coin (typical for the type), rev. slightly off center, tiny edge cracks, very nice for the type!, weight 4.859 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 12 Sep 1185 - 8 Apr 1195 A.D.; obverse X / AP-X / MI (or similar, in two columnar groups), winged bust of Archangel Michael facing, nimbate, simple jeweled scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, wearing divitision, collar-piece, and loros; reverse ICA/AKI/OC - ∆E/CΠOT/HC (or similar, in two columnar groups), half-length bust of Isaac facing, scepter cruciger in right hand, anexikakia in left hand, wearing crown, stemma, divitision, collar piece and loros; ex MŁnzen & Medaillen GmbH; very scarce; $225.00 (Ä198.00)
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