Browsing Byzantine Coinage of Isaac II Angelus

Selected to succeed after the removal of Andronicus I, Isaac II Angelus was a bad and corrupt ruler who sold government posts "like vegetables in a market". Sounds familiar in some parts of the modern world..!

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SB 2000Isaac II Angelus, AV Hyperpyron, 4.43 gr. 1185-1195 AD. Constantinople mint. MP-Theta V to left and right of Mary enthroned facing, nimbate, holding the nimbate head of the infant Christ facing / I CA A KI OC downwards to left, Isaac on the left, crowned, wearing divitision and loros and holding labarum, and the archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, in military dress on the right, both standing facing, holding between them a sword in sheath. X AP between their heads, X MI at lower right. SB 2000; BMC 1-2.TextImage

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Isaac II Angelus, AV Hyperpyron, 4.43 gr. 1185-1195 AD. Constantinople mint. MP-Theta V to left and right of Mary enthroned facing, nimbate, holding the nimbate head of the infant Christ facing / I CA A KI OC DEC in circular form to left, Isaac on the left, crowned by hand of God above, wearing divitision and loros and holding cross-tipped sceptre, and the archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, in military dress on the right, both standing facing, holding between them a sword in sheath. Q or X AP or nothing between their heads; X M, X MI or X AP X M or similar to right, SB 2001; BMC 3-11.Text

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SB 2002
XAP XM
Isaac II Angelus, Electrum aspron trachy, Constantinople mint, 1185-1195 AD. MP-theta V to left and right of Mary, nimbate, seated facing, holding before her the nimbate head of infant Christ facing left , sometimes with star above each arm of the throne / ICAAKIOC DEC, Isaac, standing facing on the left, wearing divitision and chlamys, and holding cross-headed sceptre and akakia, on left, being crowned by Archangel Michael, nimbate, unbearded and in military dress, holding jewelled sceptre, standing on the right. Q between their heads, , X M (M can resemble an N) or X MI or X AP X M to right. SB 2002, BMC 12-15.Text

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SB 2002
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Isaac II Angelus, Electrum aspron trachy, Constantinople mint, 1185-1195 AD. MP-theta V to left and right of Mary, nimbate, seated facing, holding before her the nimbate head of infant Christ facing left , sometimes with star above each arm of the throne / ICAAKIOC DEC, Isaac, standing facing on the left, wearing divitision and chlamys, and holding cross-headed sceptre and akakia, on left, being crowned by Archangel Michael, nimbate, unbearded and in military dress, holding jewelled sceptre, standing on the right. Q between their heads, , X M (M can resemble an N) or X MI or X AP X M to right. SB 2002, BMC 12-15.Text

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Isaac II Angelus, Electrum aspron trachy, Constantinople mint, 1185-1195 AD. MP-theta V to left and right of Mary, nimbate, seated facing, holding before her the nimbate head of infant Christ facing left , sometimes with star above each arm of the throne / ICAAKIOC DEC, Isaac, standing facing on the left, wearing divitision and chlamys, and holding cross-headed sceptre and akakia, on left, being crowned by Archangel Michael, nimbate, unbearded and in military dress, holding jewelled sceptre, standing on the right. Q between their heads, , X M (M can resemble an N) or X MI or X AP X M to right. SB 2002, BMC 12-15.TextImage

SB 2003
Isaac II Angelus, billon aspron trachy, Constantinople mint, 1185-1195 AD. MP-theta V to left and right of Mary, nimbate, seated facing, holding before her the nimbate head of infant Christ facing left , sometimes with star above each arm of the throne / I CAA KI OC to left, DEC PO TH C to right, Isaac, standing facing on the left, crowned, wearing divitision, loros and sagion (sometimes ornamented with star), and holding cross-headed sceptre and akakia, crowned by hand of God in upper right field. SB 2003, BMC 19-31.Text

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SB 2004Isaac II Angelus. 1185-1195 AD. AE Tetarteron. Constantinople mint. MP-theta V to left and right of Mary, nimbate, standing facing on dais, both hands raised (orans), the nimbate head of the infant Christ facing before her / IC AA K I on left, DEC P O T HC on right, Isaac standing facing wearing crown, divitision and chlamys, and holding cross-tipped sceptre and akakia; hand of God at upper right. SB 2004; BMC 38-42.TextImage
SB 2005Isaac II AE Tetarteron, Thessalonica mint. O X AP-X MI (or similar) to left and right of facing bust of Archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding jewelled sceptre (sometimes surmounted by trefoil) and cross on globe / ICA AKI OC DE CPO TH C (or similar) to left and right of Isaac, crowned bust facing, wearing loros, holding cross-tipped sceptre and akakia. Sear 2005.TextImage

SB 2006
Isaac II AE Half Tetarteron, Thessalonica mint. abbreviated version of O X AP-X MI (or similar) to left and right of facing bust of Archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding jewelled sceptre (sometimes surmounted by trefoil) and cross on globe / ICA AKI OC DE CPO TH C (or similar) to left and right of Isaac, crowned bust facing, wearing loros, holding cross-tipped sceptre and akakia. Sear 2006.Text

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