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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.
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.BZ76325. Bronze follis, Anastasi 434; DOC III, part 1, 19; Wroth BMC 35, Tolstoi 53, Ratto 1757, SBCV 1569, VF, nice nice green patina, usual crowed flan, weight 2.546 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 757 - 14 Sep 775 A.D.; obverse K - ΛE/O/N, Constantine V and Leo IV, each stand facing wearing crown and chlamys and holding akakia, cross between heads; reverse Λ/E/O/N - ∆/E/C/Π, Leo III standing facing, bearded, wearing crown and chlamys, cross potent in right hand; $80.00 (€68.00)
Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, joint reign 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.
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, DOC III, part 1, 2d; Morrisson BnF 23/Cp/AV/09; Tolstoi 35; Sommer 23.2.1; SBCV 1551; Wroth BMC -; Ratto -, EF, weight 4.36 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 757 - 14 Sep 775 A.D.; 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, cross potent in right hand, no officina indicated; from the Scott Collection; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.
References identify this type as a half follis, but we believe the Λ in the exergue has a typical Byzantine "clever" dual meaning as both Leo's initial and 30 nummi. There is only one example of this raretype in Dumbarton Oaks. Neither Dumbarton Oaks nor Sear includes the globus cruciger in the right hand in their descriptions, but it is present on the Dumbarton Oaks plate coin.BZ83043. Bronze 3/4 follis, Anastasi 439; SBCV 1569A; DOC III, part 1, 20; Morrisson BnF -; Wroth BMC -; Ratto -, aEF, weight 1.680 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Syracuse mint, obverse facing busts of Constantine V (on left bearded) and Leo IV (on right beardless), wearing crown without cross and chlamys, in ex CIK'Λ; reverseLeo III, bearded, standing facing wearing crown and loros, cross potent in on base in left, globus cruciger in right, Λ (Leo's initial and 30 nummi) in exergue; extremely rare; SOLD
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