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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.
BZ79942. Bronze follis, DOC III part 2, 22; SBCV 1758; Sommer 36.14; Wroth BMC 1; Morrisson BnF 1; Ratto 1883, aVF, uneven strike on tight flan, scratches and marks, spots of corrosion, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 6.431g, maximum diameter 24.0mm, die axis 180o
, 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
Catalog current as of Monday, August 19, 2019.
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