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Home>Catalog>ByzantineCoins>MacedonianDynasty>Zoe
Zoe, regent of Constantine VII, February 914 - 919 A.D.

Zoe was Leo VI's fourth wife, and the one to finally deliver him a heir, Constantine VII. After both both her husband and his brother Alexander died, her young son became emperor. Still a minor, Constantine VII was first under the regency of Patriarch Nicholas Mysticus, but soon after Zoe took control. She did not prove to be a good leader, as the Bulgarians led by Simeon repeatedly crushed the Byzantine armies.


Byzantine Empire, Constantine VII and Zoe, 914 - 919 A.D.

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Constantine VII was a minor when his uncle, Alexander, died leaving him as emperor. Constantine's mother, Zoe, soon took control. However after Zoe failed to halt a growing Bulgarian threat, the regency passed to Romanus I Lecapenus, commander of the fleet, a much more able leader.
BZ72029. Bronze follis, DOC III, part 2, 22; SBCV 1758; Sommer 36.14; Wroth BMC 1; Morrisson BnF 1; Ratto 1883, VF, nice green patina, well centered on a tight flan, some legend unstruck, light scratches, weight 6.355 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 914 - 919 A.D.; obverse COnStAnt' CE ZOH b', Constantine VII facing, beardless, wearing loros and crown with cross, holding long patriarchal cross with Zoe, wearing crown and chlamys; reverse COnSt/tAntInO' / CE ZOH bA/SILIS RO/mEOn, inscription in five lines; $150.00 (€130.50)


Byzantine Empire, Constantine VII and Zoe, 914 - 919 A.D.

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Constantine VII was a minor when his uncle, Alexander, died leaving him as emperor. Constantine's mother, Zoe, soon took control. However after Zoe failed to halt a growing Bulgarian threat, the regency passed to Romanus I Lecapenus, commander of the fleet, a much more able leader.
BZ71739. Bronze follis, DOC III, part 2, 22; Sommer 36.14; Wroth BMC 1; Morrisson BnF 1; Ratto 1883; SBCV 1758, VF, Constantine's face obscured (unstruck or hammered by someone that didn't like him?), weight 6.337 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 914 - 919 A.D.; obverse COnStAnt' CE ZOH b', Constantine VII facing, beardless, wearing loros and crown with cross, holding long patriarchal cross with Zoe, wearing crown and chlamys; reverse COnSt/tAntino' / CE ZOH bA/SILIS Ro/meon in five lines; $100.00 (€87.00)


Byzantine Empire, Constantine VII and Zoe, 914 - 919 A.D.

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Constantine VII was a minor when his uncle, Alexander, died leaving him as emperor. Constantine's mother, Zoe, soon took control. However after Zoe failed to halt a growing Bulgarian threat, the regency passed to Romanus I Lecapenus, commander of the fleet, a much more able leader.
SH62573. Bronze follis, DOC III, part 2, 22; Sommer 36.14; Wroth BMC 1; Morrisson BnF 1; Ratto 1883; SBCV 1758, gVF, weight 4.821 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 914 - 919 A.D.; obverse + COnStAnt' CE ZOH b', Constantine VII facing, beardless, wearing loros and crown with cross, holding long patriarchal cross with Zoe, wearing crown and chlamys; reverse + COnSt/tAntino' / CE ZOH bA/SILIS Ro/meon; sharp, well centered on a tight flan; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Constantine VII and Zoe, 914 - 919 A.D.

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Constantine VII was a minor when his uncle, Alexander, died leaving him as emperor. Constantine's mother, Zoe, soon took control. However after Zoe failed to halt a growing Bulgarian threat, the regency passed to Romanus I Lecapenus, commander of the fleet, a much more able leader.
BZ81549. Bronze follis, DOC III, part 2, 22; SBCV 1758; Sommer 36.14; Wroth BMC 1; Morrisson BnF 1; Ratto 1883, gVF, weight 8.720 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 914 - 919 A.D.; obverse + COnStAnt' CE ZOH b', Constantine VII facing, beardless, wearing loros and crown with cross, holding long patriarchal cross with Zoe, wearing crown and chlamys; reverse + COnSt/tAntInO' / CE ZOH bA/SILIS RO/mEOn, inscription in five lines; SOLD



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