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Angels on Coins

Byzantine Empire, Isaac II Angelus, 12 September 1185 - 8 April 1195 A.D.

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In Hebrew, Michael means "who is like God." Archangel Michael is mentioned three times in the Book of Daniel, once as a "great prince who stands up for the children of your people." The idea that Michael was the advocate of the Jews became so prevalent that in spite of the rabbinical prohibition against appealing to angels as intermediaries between God and his people, Michael came to occupy a certain place in the Jewish liturgy. In the Book of Revelation, Michael leads God's armies and defeats Satan's forces. Christian sanctuaries to Michael appeared in the 4th century, when he was first seen as a healing angel, and then over time as a protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil. By the 6th century, devotions to Archangel Michael were widespread both in the Eastern and Western Churches.
BZ91212. Bronze tetarteron, cf. DOC IV 5c; Sommer 65.8; Hendy pl. 21, 10; Wroth BMC 44; Ratto 2198; Morrisson BnF 64/Th/AE/1; SBCV 2005, gVF, nice dark green patina, choice obverse, struck on a cut fragment of an older coin (typical for the type), rev. slightly off center, tiny edge cracks, very nice for the type!, weight 4.859 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 12 Sep 1185 - 8 Apr 1195 A.D.; obverse X / AP-X / MI (or similar, in two columnar groups), winged bust of Archangel Michael facing, nimbate, simple jeweled scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, wearing divitision, collar-piece, and loros; reverse ICA/AKI/OC - ∆E/CΠOT/HC (or similar, in two columnar groups), half-length bust of Isaac facing, scepter cruciger in right hand, anexikakia in left hand, wearing crown, stemma, divitision, collar piece and loros; ex MŁnzen & Medaillen GmbH; very scarce; $225.00 (Ä198.00)


Byzantine Empire, Justin I, 10 July 518 - 1 August 527 A.D.

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They look similar, but there is a significant physical difference between angels and Victory. Angels are all male. Victory (Nike) is female. On Byzantine coinage, the male angel replaced the female Victory after the reunion with Rome was concluded on 28 March 519 A.D.
SH58060. Gold solidus, DOC I 2b, SBCV 56, Berk 38, Hahn MIB I 3, Wroth BMC 1 ff. var. (officina not listed), Ratto 383 ff. var. (same), Tolstoi 1 ff. var. (same), EF, flaw on forehead, weight 4.471 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 522 - 527 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTI-NVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm decorated with horseman; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG B (victory of the three emperors, 2nd officina), angel standing facing, long cross in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, star right, CONOB in exergue; ex Harlan Berk; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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The Column of Phocas at Rome was erected before the Rostra and dedicated to the Emperor on 1 August 608. It was the last addition made to the Forum Romanum. The Corinthian column has a height of 13.6 m (44 ft). Both the column and the marble socle were recycled from earlier use. It still stands in its original location, but the statue that was once on top was probably taken down soon after Phocus' death. An English translation of the inscription follows: To the best, most clement and pious ruler, our lord Phocas the perpetual emperor, crowned by God, the forever august triumphator, did Smaragdus, former praepositus sacri palatii and patricius and Exarch of Italy, devoted to His Clemency for the innumerable benefactions of His Piousness and for the peace acquired for Italy and its freedom preserved, this statue of His Majesty, blinking from the splendor of gold here on this tallest column for his eternal glory erect and dedicate, on the first day of the month of August, in the eleventh indiction in the fifth year after the consulate of His Piousness.Column of Phocas
SH56805. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 10e.1; Morrisson BnF 8/Cp/AV/12; Wroth BMC 10; Tolstoi 8; Ratto 1181; Hahn MIB II 9; Sommer 9.8; SBCV 620, EF, graffiti, weight 4.405 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 195o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 607 - 609 A.D.; obverse d N FOCAS PERP AVC, bust facing, bearded, wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and crown with cross on circlet and without pendilia, globus cruciger in right hand; reverse VICTORIA AVGY E (victory of the Emperor, 5th officina), angel standing facing, staurogram staff in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, CONOB in exergue; SOLD







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