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Isaac II Angelus, 12 September 1185 - 8 April 1195 A.D.

After the revolution that unseated Andronicus I, Isaac II succeeded to the throne. He was weak and unable to deal with the problems of the Empire. He debased the coinage, sold government posts rather than appoint qualified people, and was a spendthrift. In 1195, he was overthrown and blinded by his brother Alexius.Europe 1190 AD

|Isaac| |II| |Angelus|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Isaac| |II| |Angelus,| |12| |September| |1185| |-| |8| |April| |1195| |A.D.||aspron| |trachy|
The pallium was an open vestment used by the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines as a cloak, or exterior garment. Some writers say it was of a round, others of a semi-circular form. It was so worn (and much nicety was displayed in its proper adjustment) as to be capable of covering the other habiliments, and even to envelop the whole person. On coins the figures of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, saints, emperors and gods, sometimes appear clothed in the pallium.
BZ93557. Billon aspron trachy, DOC IV-1 3; CLBC I 7.3.1; Grierson 1130; SBCV 2003; Sommer 65.5; Morrison BnF 64/Cp/(B)/01; Wroth BMC 19 ff.; Ratto 2184 ff., F, not fully struck, scyphate, weight 2.956 g, maximum diameter 25.6 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 12 Sep 1185 - 8 Apr 1195 A.D.; obverse MP-ΘV, the Virgin enthroned facing, nimbate, wears pallium and maphorium, holds before Her nimbate head of infant Christ; reverse I/CAA/KI/OC - ∆εC/ΠO/TH/C, Isaac standing facing facing, wearing crown, divitision, loros, and sagion, cruciform scepter in left, akakia in right, crowned by hand of God above right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00

|Isaac| |II| |Angelus|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Isaac| |II| |Angelus,| |12| |September| |1185| |-| |8| |April| |1195| |A.D.||aspron| |trachy|
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.
SH53615. Electrum aspron trachy, DOC IV 2c, SBCV 2002, EF, scyphate, weight 4.107 g, maximum diameter 30.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse MP-ΘV, the Virgin enthroned facing, nimbate, wears pallium and maphorium; holds before Her nimbate head of infant Christ, three pellets forming triangle on each side of throne; reverse ICAAKIOC ∆, Θ (between heads), X/MI (on r.), Archangel Michael standing facing (on right), nimbate, in military attire, scepter in left, crowing Isaac with right; Isaac standing facing, wears divitsion and chlamys, cruciform scepter in left, akakia in right; very scarce; SOLD



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