Michael VII Ducas; AE Follis; bust of Christ/bust of emperor
Description: Michael VII Ducas (1071 - 1078). AE Follis, overstruck on Follis of Constantine X. Bust of Christ facing / Bust of Michael facing, wearing crown and loros, and holding cross.
Diameter: AE28 mm
Weight: 10,12 g
Attribution: Sear 1878
Commentary: olive patina, good example of overstrike with previous motif still well visible
History: In 1071 after the loss of Bari, the last Byzantine possesion in Italy, and after the desastrous defeat at the Battle of Manzikert four months later, Michael VII was crowned the senior emperor with the empire crumbling around him.
Article Number: 032-02-02-41652