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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.||follis|NEW
In 831, Caliph Al-Abbas ibn al-Ma'mun led a large-scale Abbasid raid into Cappadocia. He defeated Theophilos and Heraclea Cybistra and Tyana fell to the Arabs. In 837 Vikings from Scandinavia attacked Constantinople. In 841, the Byzantine general Constantine Kontomytes defeated the Cretan Saracens near Mount Latros.
BZ110710. Bronze follis, DOC III-1 15a; Morrisson BnF 32/Cp/AE/04 ff.; Wroth BMC 20-26; Tolstoi 25; Ratto 1823; Sommer 31.5; SBCV 1667, VF, centered, green patina, porosity, weight 6.671 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 830 - 842 A.D.; obverse ΘEOFIL bASIL, three-quarter length figure facing, wearing loros and tufa crown decorated with pellets, labarum in right with cross and two dangling streamers, globus cruciger in left hand, loros end draped over the emperors left arm; reverse ΘEO/FILE AVG/OVSTES V / nICAS (Emperor Theofilos, may you conquer), inscription in four lines; $70.00 (70.70)


|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







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