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Michael II and Theophilos (821–29)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.582 (formerly DO 58.106.582)
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Gouge in the lower field (rev.)
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 44.2.


Cross potent on three steps. The beginning of a circular inscription visible at right. No visible border.


[E]n onomat[i tu patr(os) (καὶ) tu y(io)u (καὶ) tu ag(iu) pne(umatos)].


Inscription of five lines. No visible border.


Miχa[η]l (καὶ) Θeof[il]os pisty [b]asilis 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)