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Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |Macedonian Dynasty| > |Michael III| > BZ71032
Byzantine Empire, Michael III the Drunkard, 20 January 842 - 23 September 867 A.D.
Michael III took an active part in the wars against the Abbasids and their vassals on the eastern frontier in 856 - 863, especially in 857 when he sent an army of 50,000 men against Umar al-Aqta, Emir of Melitene. In 859 he personally besieged Samosata, but in 860 he had to abandon his expedition to repel a Rus' attack on Constantinople. Michael was defeated by the Caliph al-Mutawakkil at Dazimon in 860, but in 863 Petronas defeated and killed the emir of Melitene at the battle of Lalakaon and celebrated a triumph in the capital.
BZ71032. Bronze follis, Anastasi 567, SBCV 1697; DOC III part 1, 12, Choice VF, Syracuse mint, weight 2.537g, maximum diameter 17.4mm, die axis 180o, sole reign, 856 - 866; obverse mIXAHL b, facing bust of Michael III, with short beard, wearing crown and loros, cross potent in right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, Θ below; very scarce; SOLD










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