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Byzantine Coins of the Isaurian Dynasty
Byzantine Empire, Michael I Rhangabe, 2 October 811 - 11 July 813 A.D.

|Michael| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Michael| |I| |Rhangabe,| |2| |October| |811| |-| |11| |July| |813| |A.D.||follis|NEW
After Nicephorus I lost his life fighting in Bulgaria, the wounded and dying co-emperor Stauracius passed the Empire to his brother-in-law Michael. The new emperor called back some of Nicephorus' reforms and recognized the empire of Charlemagne. His regime was toppled when the Bulgar Kahn Krum defeated another Byzantine army.
BZ99102. Bronze follis, Anastasi 477; DOC III-1 9; Wroth BMC 20 (Michael III), Ratto 1848 (Michael II); Morrison BnF p. 505, type 1; SBCV 1624; Sommer 28.3, gVF, tight flan with two parts of edge straight from sprue cuts (typical for the type), weight 2.210 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Syracuse mint, sole reign, 811 A.D.; obverse MIXA, facing bust, wearing crown and loros, cross potent in right; reverse MIXA, facing bust, wearing chlamys, globus cruciger in right; from the Robert Wachter Collection; $110.00 (104.50)


Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.

|Constantine| |V|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |V| |and| |Leo| |IV,| |6| |June| |751| |-| |14| |September| |775| |A.D.||follis|NEW
In 751, Pepin the Short was elected King of the Franks by the Frankish nobility, marking the end of the Merovingian and beginning of the Carolingian dynasty. In 752, Abd al-Rahman ibn Habib al-Fihri made the first Muslim assault on Sardinia, the beginning of Saracen occupation that lasts until 1005. He also attempted to invade Sicily.
BZ99100. Bronze follis, Anastasi 434, DOC III-1 19l, Wroth BMC 35, Tolstoi 53, Ratto 1757, SBCV 1569, Sommer 23.11, VF/F, well struck, dark patina, trace deposits, weight 1.676 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Syracuse mint, 757 - 14 Sep 775 A.D.; obverse K - ΛE/O/N, Constantine V and Leo IV, each stand facing wearing crown and chlamys and holding akakia, cross between heads; reverse Λ/E/O/N - ∆/E/C/Π, Leo III standing facing, bearded, wearing crown and chlamys, cross potent in right hand; from the Robert Wachter Collection; $100.00 (95.00)


Byzantine Empire, Leo V the Armenian and Constantine, 25 December 813 - 25 December 820 A.D.

|Leo| |V|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Leo| |V| |the| |Armenian| |and| |Constantine,| |25| |December| |813| |-| |25| |December| |820| |A.D.||follis|
In 815, Leo concluded a 30-year peace treaty with Khan Omurtag of Bulgaria. The treaty was honored by both sides and renewed after the accession of Michael II in 820. In 821, Thomas the Slav rebelled and laid siege to Constantinople to seize the Imperial throne. Omurtag sent an army to help Michael II put down the rebellion. Byzantine accounts report that Thomas' army was routed at the Battle of Kedouktos (winter 822 or spring 823), however, modern scholars consider the battle a victory, albeit costly, for the rebel.
BZ97802. Bronze follis, Anastasi 488, DOC III-1 17, Wroth BMC 27, Morrisson BnF 30/Sy/AE/08, Tolstoi 24, Ratto 1806, Sommer 29.8, Spahr 373, SBCV 1636, gVF, sharp, typical tight flan, large remnants of cut pre-strike flan casting sprues, encrustations, obverse off center, weight 3.887 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 814 - 815 A.D.; obverse Λ-E/O, facing bust of Leo with short beard, wearing crown and loros, cross potent in right, star right; reverse K-ONCT, facing bust of Constantine, beardless, wearing crown and chlamys, globus cruciger in right, C left, I right; nicer in hand and might improve with cleaning; $90.00 (85.50)











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