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Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 20 January 842 A.D.

Joint rule as junior emperor with Michael II (his father), 12 May 821 (or 1 June 822) - 2 October 829 A.D.
Joint rule with Constantine (his son), 5 June 830 - c. 831 A.D.
Joint rule with Michael III (his son), 1 September 840 - 20 January 842 A.D.
Theophilus was the son of Emperor Michael II, who raised him to the rank of co-emperor shortly after his own accession. Though his father was a little educated rough soldier, Theophilus was an accomplished scholar and highly cultured. Although he admired Arab art and civilization, he was obliged to expend much effort defending his eastern frontier against Mutasim, the Caliph of Baghdad. He died of dysentery in early 842, leaving his two-year-old son, Michael III as his successor.
Anatolia 842 AD

|Theophilus|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Theophilus,| |12| |May| |821| |-| |20| |January| || || |842| |A.D.||solidus|
In 832, Theophilus banned the usage of icons, establishing strict punishments.
SH70973. Gold solidus, DOC III-1 3e; Morrisson BnF 4; Wroth BMC 7; Sommer 31.2; SBCV 1653; Tolstoi -; Ratto -, aEF, weight 4.427 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 831 - 842 A.D.; obverse * ΘEOFI-LOS bASILE' Θ (Q is a control letter), crowned bust facing, short beard, wearing crown with cross and chlamys, patriarchal cross in right, akakia in left; reverse + mIXAHL S COnStANtIn ', facing busts of his deceased father Michael II on left and his deceased son Constantine on right, both wearing crown with cross and chlamys, cross above; ex Comptoir Tourangeau de l'Or (Tours, France); scarce; SOLD


|Theophilus|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Theophilus,| |12| |May| |821| |-| |20| |January| |842| |A.D.||solidus|
The reverse depicts Michael II, and Constantine, the deceased father and son of Theophilus, making this coin a touching memorial handed down through time.
SH15614. Gold solidus, DOC III-1 3d; SBCV 1653; Morrisson BnF 4; Wroth BMC 7; Sommer 31.2; Tolstoi -; Ratto -, Choice VF, full strike, well centered, shallow old scratches, weight 4.378 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 830 - 840 A.D.; obverse * ΘEOFILOS bASILE Θ, crowned bust facing, short beard, chlamys, patriarchal cross in right, and akakia in left; reverse + mIXAHL S COnStANtIn ', facing busts of Michael II (left) and Constantine, each wears a crown and chlamys, cross above; scarce; SOLD


|Theophilus|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Theophilus,| |12| |May| |821| |-| |20| |January| |842| |A.D.||semissis|
After Leo III, 717-741 A.D., the semissis and tremissis were issued only in small quantities and normally only on particular occasions for ceremonial distribution.
SH10988. Gold semissis, SBCV 1674; DOC III-1 26c, Morrisson BnF 8-10, EF, weight 1.749 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, die axis 135o, Sicily, Syracuse mint, 829 - 830 A.D.; obverse ΘEOFIΛOS, crowned bust of Theophilus facing with short beard, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger; reverse similar to obverse, but emperor wears loros instead of chlamys; ex Edward J. Waddell; SOLD










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