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Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |Isaurian Dynasty| > |Irene| > BZ71729
Byzantine Empire, Irene, 8 September 780 - 31 October 802 A.D.
Irene served as regent for her young son Constantine VI, but in 790 he took control and sent her into exile. Constantine was cruel, weak and unpopular. Within a year Irene was back, but with more power as co-ruler. Irene was also cruel, but not weak. In 797, she deposed and blinded her own son and took sole rule of the empire. Irene was the first woman to rule the Empire (at least officially). In 802, she was ousted in a coup, and exiled to Lesbos where she died soon after.
BZ71729. Bronze follis, DOC III, p. 345, 7, Morrisson BnF 26/Cp/AE/3, Wroth BMC 10, Tolstoi 17, Ratto 1779, SBCV 1598, Sommer 25.6, aF, green patina, tight flan, scratches, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 2.019g, maximum diameter 16.8mm, die axis 180o, Jan 792 - 19 Aug 797 A.D.; obverse facing crowned bust of Irene, wearing loros and crown with cross and pendilia, globus cruciger in right hand, cruciform scepter in left hand; reverse facing crowned bust of Constantine VI, beardless, wearing chlamys, globus cruciger in right hand, pellet on left, cross over pellet on right, all above horizontal bar; below bar a large M, flanked by smaller X left and N right, A below; rare; SOLD










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