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Constantine V Copronymus, 25 March 720 - 14 September 775 A.D.

Joint rule as junior emperor with Leo III (his father), 25 March 720 - 18 June 741 A.D.
Joint rule with Leo IV (his son), 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.
Constantine V was a successful military commander, defeating Bulgarians and Umayyad Muslims. Unfortunately his iconoclast policies diminished Byzantine influence in the West and he lost Ravenna to the Lombards in 751 A.D.


Byzantine Empire, Leo III the Isaurian and Constantine V, 25 March 720 - 18 June 741 A.D.

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This type varies considerably in size and weight, ranging from c. 27mm and 6 grams down to 15 mm and 1 gram. -- Byzantine Coins and Their Values by David R. Sear
BZ72019. Bronze follis, Wroth BMC p. 410, 9 corr. (Leo V, same leg breaks); DOC III, part 1, 39a.1; Sommer 21.11; SBCV 1516; Morrison BnF - (p. 460); Ratto -, VF, well centered, nice green patina, weight 6.039 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 735 - 741 A.D.; obverse LEOh-S C-O-hST', crowned busts of Leo III bearded on left and Constantine V beardless facing, each wears chlamys and holds akakia in right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, X/X/X left, N/N/N right, A below; scarce; $90.00 (€78.30)


Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.

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Constantine V was a successful military commander, defeating Bulgarians and Umayyad Muslims. Unfortunately his iconoclast policies diminished Byzantine influence in the West and he lost Ravenna to the Lombards in 751 A.D.
BZ65613. Bronze follis, Anastasi 421; SBCV 1568; DOC III, part 1, 18, gVF, earthen encrustation, weight 1.752 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, obverse K/W/N/S - ∆/E/C/Π, Constantine V standing facing, bearded, wearing crown and chlamys, akakia in right; reverse Λ/E/O/N - N/E/O/V, Leo IV standing facing, beardless, wearing crown and chlamys, akakia in right; very scarce; $70.00 (€60.90)


Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, joint reign 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.

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In 772, the Frankish king Charlemagne began fighting the Saxons and the Frisians. In 774, he conquered the Lombards, and took the title, King of the Lombards.
SH06892. Gold solidus, SBCV 1551, EF, weight 4.36 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse CONSTANTINOS S LEON O NEOS, facing busts of Constantine with short beard (on left) and Leo IV beardless (on right), pellet and cross between them; reverse G LEON P A MYL, Facing bust of Leo III, with short beard, wearing crown and loros and holding cross potent; from the Scott Collection; SOLD







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