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Byzantine Empire, Leo V and Constantine, 25 December 813 - 25 December 820 A.D.
In 815, Leo concluded a 30-year peace treaty with Khan Omurtag of Bulgaria. The treaty was honored by both sides and renewed after the accession of Michael II in 820. In 821, Thomas the Slav rebelled and laid siege to Constantinople to seize the Imperial throne. Omurtag sent an army to help Michael II put down the rebellion. Byzantine accounts report that Thomas' army was routed at the Battle of Kedouktos (winter 822 or spring 823), however, modern scholars consider the battle a victory, albeit costly, for the rebel.
BZ76324. Bronze follis
497; DOC III part
1, 19; Morrisson BnF
30/Sy/AE/01; Wroth BMC
29.7, gVF, well centered
on an oval flan
, light marks and porosity
3.886g, maximum diameter
22.4mm, die axis
, 817 - 25 Dec 820 A.D.; obverse
facing busts of Leo, on left, with short beard and Constantine, each wears crown and chlamys
between above; reverse
ΛēK (initials of Leon and Konstantine), cross
Catalog current as of Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
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