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Home > Catalog > Byzantine Coins > Macedonian Dynasty > Leo VI > BZ79957
Byzantine Empire, Leo VI the Wise, 6 January 870 - 11 May 912 A.D.
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, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 6.407g, maximum diameter 26.1mm, die axis 180o, 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

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