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1 Solidus, Byzantine Empire, 842 - 867

1 Solidus, Byzantine Empire, 842 - 867

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Description (Brief)
One (1) solidus coin, Michael III
Byzantine Empire, 842 - 867
Obverse Image: Portrait bust of Theodora, mother of Michael III, wearing crown and loros and holding patriarchal cross on globus and a cruciform scepter.
Reverse Image: Portrait bust of Michael III, beardless, and a half-length figure of Thecla on right, both crowned; the emperor wears chlamys and hold a globus cruciger while his sister wears a loros and holds a long patriarchal cross.
Reverse Text: MIXAHL / S / ϴECLA
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
842 - 867
Michael III Emperor of Byzantium
place made
Turkey: İstanbul province, Istanbul
Physical Description
gold (overall material)
overall:.11 cm x 2.02 cm; 1/32 in x 25/32 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Estate of Josiah K. Lilly
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Josiah K. Lilly Jr. Collection
Byzantine Coins
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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