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    Superb Theophilus Solidus

    Theophilus (AD 829-842), with Constantine and Michael II. AV solidus (21mm, 4.39 gm, 5h).   Constantinople, AD 831-840. + ΘЄOFI-LOS bASILЄ Θ, crowned facing bust of Theophilus, wearing chlamys pinned at right shoulder, holding patriarchal cross in right hand and and akakia in left.  / + MIXAHL S COhSTAhTIN', crowned and acing busts of Michael II (the emperor's late father) and Constantine (his deceased son), each wearing chlamys pinned at right shoulder, cross between. Sear 1653. DOC 3e.4. Sharply struck on a broad flan. NGC MS? 5/5 - 5/5.

    Though he succeeded to the throne at the young age of 16, Theophilus had been carefully groomed by his father, Michael II the Amorion, and was up to the task. Although he professed to be a man of peace and an admirer of Arab culture, Theophilus was forced to fight many battles against the aggressive Abbasid Caliphate, with mixed results. Theophilus was more successful in domestic affairs, controlling expenditures and seeking a revival in learning and culture at Constantinople. A fervent iconoclast, he was the last emperor to persecute those who venerated sacred images. Upon his death in 842, power passed to his wife Theodora and infant son Michael III, who ended the persecution and effectively closed the divisive iconoclastic era. 



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    January, 2015
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