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Alexander, c. September 879 - 6 June 913 A.D.

Joint rule as Junior emperor with Leo VI (his brother), c. September 879 - 11 May 912 A.D.
Joint rule as Senior emperor with Constantine VII (his nephew), 11 May 912 - 6 June 913 A.D.
Alexander was the younger brother of Leo VI and co-ruler throughout Leo's reign, but apparently he had no desire to participate in the government at all. After Leo's death Alexander ruled for one year as senior emperor. He stopped paying tribute to the Bulgars which had serious consequences in the years following his death.


Byzantine Empire, Basil I, Alexander & Leo VI, 867 - 886 A.D.

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Leo VI was a scholar who had little time for foreign affairs, as a result the empire declined. The Bulgars and Arabs became problematic. He completed the legal system started by Basil. He married four times in the quest for a male heir, putting him in conflict with the church. He was eventually barred from attending St. Sophia.
SL49973. Silver miliaresion, DOC III part 2, 7; SBCV 1708, ICG AU55, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 868 - 879 A.D.; obverse IhSUS XRISTUS nICA (Jesus Christ Conquers), cross potent on three steps and globe; reverse + bASI/LIOS CE / CONStAN/tIN' PIStV / bASILIS / ROMEO, legend in six lines; ICG certified (slabbed); SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Leo VI, the Wise and Alexander, 6 January 870 - 11 May 912 A.D.

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Alexander was the younger brother of Leo VI and co-ruler throughout the reign, but apparently he did not actually participate in the government at all. After Leo's death Alexander ruled for one year as senior emperor. He stopped paying tribute to the Bulgars which had serious consequences in the following years.
BZ71569. Bronze follis, DOC III part 2, 6; Wroth BMC 7; Ratto 1875; Sommer 34.6; Morrisson BnF 35/Cp/AE/04; SBCV 1730, gVF, weight 7.036 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 886 - 912; obverse +LEON S ALEXANGROS, Leo and Alexander seated facing on double throne, each wearing crown and loros, holding labarum between them; reverse + LEON/S ALXAn/GROS bASIL / ROMEOn, inscription in four lines; scarce; SOLD








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