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ID:     189862
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Byzantine
Region:     BYZANTINE EMPIRE
Issuer:     Michael III the Drunkard
Date Ruled:     AD 842-867
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Follis
Date Struck:     AD 842-867
Diameter:     17 mm
Weight:     2.84 g
Obverse Legend:     MIXAHL b
Obverse Description:     Crowned facing bust of Michael, wearing loros and holding cross potent
Reverse Legend:     M / Θ
Reverse Description:     Large M; cross above, Θ below
Mint Mark:     Θ
Mint:     Syracuse
Primary Reference:     DOC III 12
Reference2:     SB 1697
Reference3:     Calciati 93
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=44711
Grade:     VF, red-brown patina.
Notes:     A historic little coin. It is not only the last bronze coin struck for the Byzantine possessions in Sicily, but also the last follis struck anywhere with the denomination mark of M, thus it is the last vestige of the reform instituted by Anastasius I in 498 AD.