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Byzantine Empire, Michael II and Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 2 October 829 A.D.
NEW Anastasi identifies larger examples of this type as folles (Anastasi 513) and smaller examples (Anastasi 514) as half folles. He states the "M" does not indicate the value, but rather is the initial of Michael II. Other references identify this smaller type as a follis. The type has numerous legend and small pellet "secret" control mark variations.BZ113805. Bronze follis, Anastasi 513c; DOC III-1 21; Morrisson BnF 31/Sy/AE/01; SBCV 1652, VF, dark patina, tight flan, rev. off center, weight 4.015 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 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, pellet between their heads; reverse large M (Michael), cross above, Θ (Theophilus) below; scarce; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00
Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, joint reign 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.
NEW Constantine V was a successful military commander, defeating Bulgarians and Umayyad Muslims. Unfortunately his iconoclast policies diminished Byzantine influence in the West and he lost Ravenna to the Lombards in 751 A.D.BZ113817. Bronze follis, Anastasi 421; DOC III-1 18; Morrisson 23/Sy/AE/01; Wroth BMC 34; Tolstoi 50; SBCV 1568; Sommer 23.10; Ratto -, VF, dark green patina, tight flan as typical for the type, sprue cuts, light deposits, weight 2.717 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Syracuse mint, 6 Jun 751 - 14 Sep 775 A.D.; obverse K/W/N/S - Δ/E/C/Π, Constantine V standing facing, bearded, wearing crown and chlamys, akakia in right hand; reverse Λ/E/O/N - N/E/O/V, Leo IV standing facing, beardless, wearing crown and chlamys, akakia in right hand; very scarce; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00
Byzantine Empire, Leo V the Armenian and Constantine, 25 December 813 - 25 December 820 A.D.
NEW A senior general, Leo V forced his predecessor, Michael I Rangabe, to abdicate and assumed the throne. He ended the decade-long war with the Bulgars, and initiated the second period of Byzantine Iconoclasm. He was assassinated by supporters of Michael the Amorian, one of his most trusted generals, who succeeded him on the throne.BZ113818. Bronze follis, Anastasi 487, DOC III-1 16, Wroth BMC 36, Tolstoi 26, SBCV 1638, Sommer 29.10, Morrisson BnF -, Ratto -, VF, tight ragged flan, weight 1.766 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 25 Dec 813 - 814 A.D.; obverse Λ-EON, facing bust of Leo with short beard, wearing crown and loros, cross potent in right; reverse K-ONC, facing bust of Constantine, beardless, wearing crown and chlamys, globus cruciger in right; scarce; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00
Byzantine Empire, Leo III the Isaurian and Constantine V, 31 March 720 - 18 June 741 A.D.
"Specimens of this type vary considerabley in size and weight." -- Byzantine Coins and Their Values, by David R. Sear.BZ111216. Bronze follis, DOC III-1 54a (larger var.), Anastasi 399a, Trivero 092, Sommer 21.18, Spahr 318, Calciati MBBS 74, SBCV 1530, VF, earthen deposits, weight 3.938 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Syracuse mint, 721 - 730 A.D.; obverse legend normally illegible (Sear), crowned bust of Leo III facing, short beard, wearing crown and chlamys, akakia in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; reverse bust of Constantine V facing, beardless, wearing crown and chlamys, akakia in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, below line under bust, large M (40 nummi) dividing SC-L; ex CNG auction 528 (30 Nov 2022), lot 482; ex CNG auction 25 (24 Mar 1993), lot 967; scarce; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00
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