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ID:     80952
Type:     Byzantine
Issuer:     Michael III the Drunkard
Date Ruled:     AD 842-867
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Follis
Struck / Cast:     struck
Diameter:     18.6 mm
Weight:     2.858 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     mIXAHL b
Obverse Description:     Facing bust of Michael III, with short beard, wearing crown and loros and holding globus cruciger
Reverse Legend:     M / Θ
Reverse Description:     Large M, cross above, Θ below
Mint:     Syracuse
Primary Reference:     DOC III 12
Reference2:     SB 1697
Photograph Credit:     FORUM ANCIENT COINS
Notes:     Michael III took an active part in the wars against the Abbasids and their vassals on the eastern frontier in 856 - 863, especially in 857 when he sent an army of 50,000 men against Umar al-Aqta, Emir of Melitene. In 859 he personally besieged Samosata, but in 860 he had to abandon his expedition to repel a Rus' attack on Constantinople. Michael was defeated by the Caliph al-Mutawakkil at Dazimon in 860, but in 863 Petronas defeated and killed the emir of Melitene at the battle of Lalakaon and celebrated a triumph in the capital.