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Byzantine Empire, Constantine VII and Zoe, 914 - 919 A.D.
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 37/Cp/AE/1; Ratto 1883; SBCV 1758, gVF, sharp, well centered on a tight flan, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 4.821g, maximum diameter 23.6mm, die axis 180o
, 914 - 919 A.D.; obverse + COnStAnt' CE ZOH b' (Constantine and Zoe, Rulers of the Roman People), 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 (Constantine and Zoe, Rulers of the Roman People) in five lines; SOLD
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