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Byzantine Empire, Michael II and Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 2 October 829 A.D.
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
513; DOC III part
1, 21; Sommer
30.8.3; Wroth BMC
20; Morrisson BnF
1652, VF, rough patina
, some earthen encrustations, Syracuse
4.173g, maximum diameter
18.7mm, die axis
, 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
large M (40 nummi), cross
above, Θ below; scarce
Catalog current as of Thursday, March 21, 2019.
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