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Angels on Coins
Byzantine Empire, Andronicus II Palaeologus and Michael IX, 21 May 1295 - 12 October 1320 A.D.

|Andronicus| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Andronicus| |II| |Palaeologus| |and| |Michael| |IX,| |21| |May| |1295| |-| |12| |October| |1320| |A.D.||assarion|
Although a brave and energetic soldier, Michael IX was defeated again and again. He made peace with Bulgaria by marrying his daughter to the Bulgarian emperor. After another defeat, he retired to Thessalonica, where his premature death at age 43 was in part due to grief over the accidental murder of his younger son Manuel by retainers of his older son Andronikos III.
BZ98877. Bronze assarion, DOC V 677; Bendall PCPC 168; B-D LPC p. 88, 96; Sommer 80.15; Lianta 793; SBCV 2435, Fair/aF, dark green patina, weight 1.719 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 21 May 1295 - 12 Oct 1320; obverse half length figure of the Archangel Michael facing, nimbate and winged, holding scepter and globus; reverse AVTOK - PWMEON (Ruler of the Romans), half length figure of Christ in center, crowning kneeling figures of Andronicus II, on left, and Michael IX, on right, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsos Xrists - Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's head; from a Las Vegas dealer; first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; very rare; $60.00 SALE PRICE $54.00


Byzantine Empire, Justin I, 10 July 518 - 1 August 527 A.D.

|Justin| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justin| |I,| |10| |July| |518| |-| |1| |August| |527| |A.D.||solidus|
They look similar, but there is a significant physical difference between angels and Victory. Angels are all male. Victory (Nike) is female. On Byzantine coinage, the male angel replaced the female Victory after the reunion with Rome was concluded on 28 March 519 A.D.
SH58060. Gold solidus, DOC I 2b, SBCV 56, Berk 38, Hahn MIB I 3, Wroth BMC 1 ff. var. (officina not listed), Ratto 383 ff. var. (same), Tolstoi 1 ff. var. (same), EF, flaw on forehead, weight 4.471 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 522 - 527 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTI-NVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm decorated with horseman; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG B (victory of the three emperors, 2nd officina), angel standing facing, long cross in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, star right, CONOB in exergue; ex Harlan Berk; SOLD







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