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Theophilos 829-830 AD
Solidus
Theophilos was the son of the Byzantine Emperor Michael II who crowned him co-emperor in 822. A well educated man, Theophilos showed great interest in the arts including the art and culture demonstrated by the Arab world. It was with particular chagrin he had to wage wars against the Arabs on two fronts. One in the East with the Arab invasion of Anatolia by the Abbasid Caliph Al-Ma'mun in 830. The other war was in Sicily where Palermo was lost after a year-long siege in 831, establishing the Emirate of Sicily. The island was continuously slipping from Byzantine control. Obverse *ΘΕΟFILOS bASIL short bearded Theophilos wearing a crown and chlamys, and holding a potent cross. Reverse ΘΕΟFILOS bASIL short bearded Theophilos wearing crown and loros and holding a globus cruciger.
Mint: Syracuse
Provenance: Courtesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions, LLC.

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