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Live auction - bby_440693 - THEOPHILUS Semissis

THEOPHILUS Semissis MS
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Estimate : 950 €
Price : 580 €
Maximum bid : 610 €
End of the sale : 12 September 2017 15:20:11
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Semissis
Date: 831-842
Mint name / Town : Syracusa
Metal : gold
Diameter : 12 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 1,79 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle sur un petit flan parfaitement centré des deux côtés. Très beaux portraits. Conserve l’intégralité de son brillant de frappe et de son coupant d’origine
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire a été acquis en décembre 1995 et provient de Conseils Placements

Obverse


Obverse description : Buste barbu et couronné de Théophile de face, vêtu du loros, tenant une croix potencée de la main droite.
Obverse legend : QEO-FILOS.
Obverse translation : (Théophile).

Reverse


Reverse description : Buste barbu et couronné de Théophile de face, vêtu de la chlamyde, tenant un globe crucigère.
Reverse legend : QEO-FILOS.
Reverse translation : (Théophile).

Commentary


Pour le semissis, droit et revers sont inversés, le buste vêtu du loros étant le droit.

Historical background


THÉOPHILE

(2/10/829-20/01/842)

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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