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bby_610080 - THEOPHILUS Follis

280.00 €(Approx. 330.40$ | 238.00£)
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Type : Follis
Date: 829-830/831
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : bronze
Diameter : 29 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 8,61 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et irrégulier bien centré des deux côtés. Beau portrait de Théophile avec une faiblesse de frappe sur la légende. Revers de style fin. Patine foncée
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Obverse legend : *Q-E-OFIL BASIL.
Obverse description : Buste barbu et couronné de face, vêtu de la chlamyde et tenant la croix patriarcale de la main droite ; dans le champ à gauche, étoile à huit rais.


Reverse legend : X/X/X - N/N/N/.
Reverse description : Grande M surmonté d'une croisette.
Reverse legend : q.

Historical background



Michel II, as Justin three hundred years earlier, is a lowly soldier. He joined his son Theophilus early in the reign, May 12 June 1 821 or 822, and the latter succeeded him in 829. Theophilus was a cultured and a scholar who continued the fight against opponents of iconoclasm man, but with moderation and justice. He associated his eldest son Constantine to the throne, but he died in 831. He had to cope with the rise of Islamic power and, at the end of his reign, he saw the fall of Amorium fortress from which he came. He died in 842 and his son, Michael III lush, succeeded him.

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