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Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |The Restored Empire| > |Michael VIII| > SH36612
Byzantine Empire, Michael VIII Palaeologus, 15 August 1261 - 11 December 1282
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.
SH36612. Copper trachy, B-D BTM C.1, Bendall PCPC 20, DOC V 46 - 51, SBCV 2259, Grierson 1339 1340, Sommer 77.3, gVF, green patina, punch in obv. center, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 2.727g, maximum diameter 25.8mm, die axis 180o, 1261 - 1282 A.D.; obverse nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing tunic and colobion, right hand raised in benediction, scroll in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ) over K - inverted K flanking; reverse X / M / ∆EC/Π/TIC on left, O / ΠAΛE on right, Archangel Michael standing facing, on left, behind Michael VII kneeling facing, presenting Michael VIII to Christ, on right, seated left on high throne holding gospels, M (Michael) top center, IC - XC (Jesus Christ) flanking head of Christ, siglos K - inverted K in center at feet; rare; SOLD










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Byzantine coins of Michael VIII Palaeologus