Browsing Byzantine Coinage of Michael VII


Michael VII, Ducas (ruled 1071-1078) was the eldest son of Constantine X and Eudocia. He had little interest in politics and lost Asia Minor to the Turks. Michael retired to a monastery when General Nicephorus led a rebellion against him.

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SB 1868
Michael VII Ducas, AV or electrum histamenon trachy. Constantinople, 1071 - 1078 AD. IX-XC to left and right of bust of Christ facing, with nimbus cross, raising right hand and holding book of gospels in left hand / +MIXAHA RACIA O D, bearded, crowned, facing bust of Michael VII, wearing loros, holding labarum (sometimes with pellet on shaft beneath hand) and cross on globe. DO 2; SB 1868Text

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SB 1869
Michael VII Ducas, AV or electrum histamenon trachy. Constantinople, 1071 - 1078 AD. IX-XC to left and right of Christ seated facing, with nimbus cross, raising right hand and holding book of gospels in left hand / +MIXAHA RACIA O D, bearded, crowned, facing bust of Michael VII, wearing loros, holding labarum (sometimes with pellet on shaft beneath hand) and cross (composed of four dots) on globe. DO 1; SB 1869.Text

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SB 1871Michael VII and Maria, 1071-1078. Gold Tetarteron Nomisma (pale metal 4.04g), Constantinople. +QKE ROHQ, nimbate bust of Mary facing, holding before her the infant Christ with nimbate cross behind head, head facing, MP-QV across fields / +MIXAHL S MARIA, crowned, half-length figures of Michael, wearing loros (on left), and his wife Maria, wearing jewelled robe with broad collar (on right), holding between them long cross with terminal dots to arms and X on shaft. DOC 4; Sear 1871.TextImage

SB 1873
Michael VII. (1071-1078 AD). Silver miliaresion (2.39 gm). Constantinople. +QKE ROHQEI TW CW DOVLW, Mary standing facing on rectangular footstool, nimbate and raising hands. MP-QV across fields / +MIXAHL RACIL O LK, Michael, bearded, standing facing, wearing military attire and crown with pendilia, holding long cross in right hand and resting left hand on sword in sheath, sometimes with dot in field beneath his right elbow or to left of his right leg. DO 7; Sear 1873.Text

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SB 1874
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Michael VII, Ducas. 1071-1078 AD. 22.53 mm. 2.08 gm. AR Miliaresion. Constantinople. EN TOVTW NIKATE MIXAHL S MARIA, cross crosslet on globus resting on three steps, x at center of cross, pellet within crescent on shaft; facing bust of Michael, bearded, wearing crown and jewelled chlamys to left, facing bust of Maria, wearing crown and loros to right, triple border / MIXAHL KAI MARIA PICTOI RACILEIC PWMAIWN in five lines; -o- above and below; triple border. DO 6; Sear 1874, decoration type 1.TextImage
SB 1874
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Michael VII, Ducas. 1071-1078 AD. AR Miliaresion. Constantinople. EN TOVTW NIKATE MIXAHL S MARIA, cross crosslet on globus resting on three steps, x at center of cross, pellet within crescent on shaft; facing bust of Michael, bearded, wearing crown and jewelled chlamys to left, facing bust of Maria, wearing crown and loros to right, triple border / MIXAHL KAI MARIA PICTOI RACILEIC PWMAIWN in five lines; -+- above, -o- below; triple border. DO 6; Sear 1874, decoration type 1.TextImage
SB 1876Michael VII, Ducas. 1071-1078 AD. AR 2/3 Miliaresion 19mm, 1.03 g. Constantinople mint. MP-QV, Nimbate facing bust of Mary, holding nimbate infant Christ whose head is facing; dot to right and left of her nimbus / +QKE-ROHQEI-MIXAHL-DECPOTH-TW DUKA in five lines, -o- below. DOC III 8; SB 1876.TextImage
SB 1877Michael VII, Ducas, 1071-1078 AD. AR 2/3 Miliaresion, 0.68 gm. Constantinople mint. IC-XC to right and left of nimbate bust of Christ facing, holding Gospels and raising right hand / +KE RQ-MIXAHL-DECPOTH-TW DOV- -KA- (or dot KA dot), legend in five lines, -o- or - above. DOC III 13; SB 1877.TextImage

SB 1878
Michael VII. 1071-1078 AD. AE Follis 8.57 gm. Constantinople. IC-XC at top left and top right of nimbate bust of Christ facing, nimbate cross behind head, right hand raised, holding book of gospels in left hand, star to left, star to right / MIXAHL RACIL O D, bearded bust of Michael VII facing, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum and cross on globe. SB 1878, DOC 14a-c.Text

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SB 1879Michael VII. 1071-1078 AD. AE Follis. Constantinople. IC-XC beneath the transverse limbs of nimbate cross of Christ facing, right hand raised, holding book of gospels in left hand, star at upper left and right / MIXAHL RACIL O D, bearded bust of Michael VII facing, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum and cross on globe. SB 1879, DOC 14d.TextImage

SB 1880
Anonymous (attributed to Michael VII), AE Follis, Class H, 1081-1092. IC-XC across fields, bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cross, holding book of Gospels in both hands / Patriarchal cross with globe and dots at each extremity, floral ornament in either side of lower fields. SB 1880.Text

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SB 1880A
Michael VII. 1071-1078 AD. AE Follis 8.57 gm. Constantinople. IC-XC at top left and top right of nimbate bust of Christ facing, nimbate cross behind head, right hand raised, holding book of gospels in left hand, star to left, star to right / MIXAHL RACIL O D, bearded bust of Michael VII facing, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum and cross on globe. (as SB 1878 but on a smaller flan from smaller dies). Sear 1880A.Text

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