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Michael II and Theophilos (821–29)

 
 

Obverse

Cross potent on three steps. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

EOOAPARSTVVSAPE

En onom(ati) tu patr(os) (καὶ) tu y(io)u (καὶ) tu ag(iu) pne(umatos).

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ix
HLSΘEOFI
LOSPISV
SILISRO
AIO

Miχaηl (καὶ) Θeofilos pisty basilis Romaion.

Obverse

Cross potent on three steps. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

EOOAPARSTVVSAPE

En onom(ati) tu patr(os) (καὶ) tu y(io)u (καὶ) tu ag(iu) pne(umatos).

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ix
HLSΘEOFI
LOSPISV
SILISRO
AIO

Miχaηl (καὶ) Θeofilos pisty basilis Romaion.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4280 (formerly DO 55.1.4280)
Diameter 29.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 44.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 51a.

Translation

En onomati tu patros καὶ tu yiou καὶ tu agiu pneumatos Miχaηl καὶ Θeofilos pisty basilis Romaion.

Michael and Theophilos, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, faithful basileis of the Romans.

Commentary

Michael II, who ruled from 25 December 820 until 2 October 829, took his son Theophilos as a colleague in May of 821.

Seibt (Bleisiegel, no. 17) has published a variant type that closely resembles the aniconic miliaresion issued by Michael and Theophilos (DOC 3.1:6.4), including the spelling “Θeofile” (see BZS.1958.106.583)