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Michael III (856–67)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1645 (formerly Fogg 1645)
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Token. No channel for suspension. Obverse is corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 49.1.

Obverse

Faint outline of a half-length representation of Christ. Gestures indistinct. Circular inscription. No visible border.

ISSXRISOSICA

Iηsus Xristos nica.

Reverse

Half-length representation of Michael III bearded wearing a crown and a chlamys pinned with a fibula on the r. shoulder. Circular inscription. No visible border.

ixahlASILEO

Miχaηl basileu(s) Bom(aion).

Translation

Iηsus Xristos nica.
Miχaηl basileus Bomaion.

Jesus Christ conquers.
Michael, basileus of the Romans.

Commentary

After Theodora’s fall from power in 856 Michael appears alone, wearing a loros, on the reverse of his gold coinage (DOC 3.1:3.1 [pl. 28]). On this specimen, however, Michael is shown wearing a chlamys.

At the beginning of the last word of the circular inscription on the reverse, the engraver mistakenly carved the letter b in place of the letter R. Christ is not depicted with a nimbus cruciger, but instead with a cross behind his head, both of which are enclosed by the nimbus.

This specimen is a token.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1645 (formerly Fogg 1645)
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Token. No channel for suspension. Obverse is corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 49.1.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1645 (formerly Fogg 1645)
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Token. No channel for suspension. Obverse is corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 49.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1645 (formerly Fogg 1645)
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Token. No channel for suspension. Obverse is corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 49.1.

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