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Michael II and Theophilos (821–29)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4280 (formerly DO 55.1.4280)
Diameter 29 mm
Condition Two holes and a punch mark. The edges of the blank are serrated.
Previous Editions

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


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


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


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Miχaηl (καὶ) Θeofilos pisty basilis Romaion.


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.


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)