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    Michael II the Amorian, with Theophilus (ca. 821-829). AV solidus (21mm, 4.47 gm, 6h). NGC Choice AU 5/5 - 4/5. Constantinople, AD 821-829. *mIX-AHL ЬASILЄ', crowned and draped facing bust of Michael, holding cross potent in right hand, akakia in left / ΘЄOFI-LO ?ЄSPI +Є, crowned facing bust of Theophilus, wearing loros, holding globus cruciger in right hand, cruciform scepter in left. Sear 1640. DOC 5a.

    From the Morris Collection. Ex. Classical Numismatic Group 38 (6 June 1996), lot 1244.

    Born of humble parentage in central Anatolia, Michael the Amorian entered the army and rose through the ranks to become the right-hand man of Leo V the Armenian; however, in AD 820 Leo accused him of treason and had him arrested. Partisans of Michael assassinated Leo and raised Michael to the purple. He was challenged by a rival general, Thomas the Slav, and the resultant civil war lasted until 823, allowing the Arabs to invade Crete and Sicily. Elsewhere he held the line. Of iconoclastic views, Michael was tolerant as to enforcement, and religious unrest receded. He was the first emperor in decades to die quietly in his bed, leaving the throne to his learned son Theophilus.


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