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Home > Catalog > Byzantine Coins > Latin Crusader Rule > BZ76983
Byzantine Empire, Latin Crusader Rule, 12 April 1204 - 25 July 1261 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.
BZ76983. Billon aspron trachy nomisma, CLBC I 11.15.1; DOC IV-1 16; Hendy, type P, pl. 27, 3; Sommer 68.15; Grierson 1256; SBCV 2036, gVF, well centered, well centered and struck, short open flan crack, exceptionally nice for the type, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 1.679g, maximum diameter 24.1mm, die axis 180o, c. 1225 - 1235; obverse nimbate bust of Christ facing, right hand raised in Benediction scroll in left; reverse archangel Michael, standing facing, nimbate, wearing a short military tunic, breastplate and sagion, jeweled trifid scepter in right, globus cruciger in his left, X/A left, X/M right; SOLD











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