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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Byzantine Coins| ▸ |Macedonian Dynasty| ▸ |Leo VI||View Options:  |  |  | 

Leo VI, the Wise, 6 January 870 - 11 May 912 A.D.

Joint rule as Junior emperor with Basil I (his his father), 6 January 870 - 28 August 866 A.D.
Joint rule with Alexander (his brother), c. September 879 - 11 May 912 A.D.
Joint rule with Constantine VII (his son), 15 May 908 - 11 May 912 A.D.
Leo VI, the Wise, was a scholar who had little time for foreign affairs, and as a result, affairs outside the empire suffered a rapid decline. The Bulgars and the Arabs both became problematic to the Empire. Internally, Leo did complete the work started by Basil on the legal system, which became the basis for Byzantine law. He married four times in the quest for a male heir, which put him in direct conflict with the church. He was eventually barred from attending St. Sophia.

|Leo| |VI|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Leo| |VI| |the| |Wise,| |6| |January| |870| |-| |11| |May| |912| |A.D.||follis|
In 907, Oleg led the Kievan Rus' in a campaign against Constantinople.
BZ71994. Bronze follis, DOC III part 2, 8; Morrisson BnF 35/Cp/AE/14; SBCV 1729; Sommer 34.5; Wroth BMC 8, Ratto 1873, VF, choice obverse, nice dark green patina, weight 6.437 g, maximum diameter 27.2 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 6 Jan 870 - 11 May 912; obverse + LEOn bASILVS ROm, bust facing, with short beard, wearing crown with cross and chlamys, holding akakia in left hand; reverse + LEOn/En ΘEO bA/SILEVS R/OMEOn, inscription in four lines; SOLD


|Leo| |VI|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Leo| |VI| |the| |Wise,| |6| |January| |870| |-| |11| |May| |912| |A.D.||follis|
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.
BZ79957. Bronze follis, DOC III part 2, 8; Morrisson BnF 35/Cp/AE/14; SBCV 1729; Sommer 34.5; Wroth BMC 8, Ratto 1873, aVF, well centered, scratches on reverse, dark green patina, weight 6.407 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 6 Jan 870 - 11 May 912; obverse + LEOn bASILVS ROm, bust facing, with short beard, wearing crown with cross and chlamys, holding akakia in left hand; reverse + LEOn/En ΘEO bA/SILEVS R/OMEOn, inscription in four lines; SOLD


|Leo| |VI|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Leo| |VI| |the| |Wise,| |6| |January| |870| |-| |11| |May| |912| |A.D.||follis|
In 904, the Byzantines under Andronikos Doukas defeated the Arabs near Germanikeia.
BZ84968. Bronze follis, DOC III part 2, 8; Morrisson BnF 35/Cp/AE/14; SBCV 1729; Sommer 34.5; Wroth BMC 8, Ratto 1873, Choice VF, nice green patina, well centered and struck, weight 9.151 g, maximum diameter 26.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 6 Jan 870 - 11 May 912; obverse + LEOn bASILVS ROm, bust facing, with short beard, wearing crown and chlamys and holding akakia in left hand; reverse + LEON/En ΘEO bA/SILEVS R/OMEOn, inscription in four lines; SOLD







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