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Byzantine Coins of the Isaurian Dynasty
Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, joint reign 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.

|Constantine| |V|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |V| |and| |Leo| |IV,| |joint| |reign| |6| |June| |751| |-| |14| |September| |775| |A.D.|, |solidus|
In 772, the Frankish king Charlemagne began fighting the Saxons and the Frisians. In 774, he conquered the Lombards, and took the title, King of the Lombards.
SH94410. Gold solidus, DOC III part 1, 2f; Tolstoi 36; Wroth BMC 9; Sommer 23.2; SBCV 1551; Morrisson BnF -; Ratto -, gVF, well centered, clipped, marks, weight 3.638 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 757 - 14 Sep 775 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOS S LEONONEOS, facing busts of Constantine with short beard (on left) and Leo IV beardless (on right), pellet and cross between them; reverse G LEON P A MYL B, facing bust of Leo III, with short beard, wearing crown and loros, cross potent in right hand; $700.00 SALE |PRICE| $630.00


Byzantine Empire, Michael II and Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 2 October 829 A.D.

|Michael| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Michael| |II| |and| |Theophilus,| |12| |May| |821| |-| |2| |October| |829| |A.D.|, |follis|
The reverse symbols resemble past issues of 40 Numismatik, an anachronism. However, these are the symbols for Michael and Theophilius, effectively a pun. Michael II started his career as a humble soldier. Leo V's assassination while trying to impose iconoclasm probably taught Michael a lesson, as he chose to remain religiously neutral. With Bulgarian help, he defeated the usurper Thomas, who with his Arab allies even besieged Constantinople for one year. Even after the rebellion was crushed, the Arabs still occupied Crete and initiated an invasion of Sicily.
BZ91007. Bronze follis, Anastasi 513; DOC III part 1, 21; Sommer 30.8.3; Wroth BMC 20; Morrisson BnF 31/Sy/AE/01; Tolstoi 27; Ratto 1814; SBCV 1652, aVF, dark patina, some unstruck areas, scratches, weight 3.827 g, maximum diameter 26.0 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; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, Θ below; scarce; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00


Byzantine Empire, Michael I Rhangabe and Theophylactus, 25 December 811 - 11 July 813 A.D.

|Michael| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Michael| |I| |Rhangabe| |and| |Theophylactus,| |25| |December| |811| |-| |11| |July| |813| |A.D.|, |follis|
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 after less than two years, after the Bulgar Kahn Krum defeated another Byzantine army.
MA95735. Bronze follis, SBCV 1618; Morrisson BnF II 29/Cp/AE/01; Wroth BMC 4; Sommer 28.2; DOC III part 1, 8 (Michael II & Theophilus); Tolstoi 24 (same); Ratto -, aVF, green patina, porous, earthen deposits, weight 5.672 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 25 Aug 811 - 11 Jul 813 A.D.; obverse MIXA-HL- S ΘEOF', facing bust of Michael I, on left, with short beard and wearing crown and chlamys, facing bust of Theophylactus, on right, beardless, wearing crown and loros; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, XXX in column left, NNN in column right, A below; this is the first specimen of this type handled by Forum; scarce; $4.25 (3.91)











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