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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 1190

Michael I Rhangabe, with Theophylactus. 811-813. AV Solidus (20mm, 4.49 g, 6h). Constantinople mint.

Triton XXIV
Lot: 1190.
 Estimated: $ 10 000

Byzantine, Coin-in-Hand Video, Gold

Sold For $ 17 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Michael I Rhangabe, with Theophylactus. 811-813. AV Solidus (20mm, 4.49 g, 6h). Constantinople mint. • mIXA HL bASILЄ’, crowned and draped facing bust of Michael, holding globus cruciger in right hand and akakia in left / ΘЄOFVLA CτOS ∂Є´, crowned facing bust of Theophylactus, wearing loros, holding globus cruciger in right hand and cross-tipped scepter in left; Є at end of leged. DOC 1b; Füeg 1.A; SB 1615. Underlying luster, minor peripheral weakness on reverse. EF. Struck from fresh dies. Rare.

A high court official, Michael Rhangabe seized power when Nicephorus I was killed in battle. Michael raised his eldest son Theophylactus as co-emperor and reversed the iconoclast policies of his predecessor. In 812 he recognized Charlemagne as emperor of the West in return for Venice returning to Byzantine control; the Venetians, however, ignored the edict. Early in 813, Michael mounted a campaign against the Bulgarians, but they routed his army. In the aftermath, Michael abdicated and named the general Leo V as his successor. Michael took monastic vows and died peaceably as a monk 30 years later. His coinage in all metals is very rare.

The final winners of all Triton XXIV lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 January 2021. This lot is in Session Four, which begins 20 January 2021 at 2 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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