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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.
BZ81549. Bronze follis, DOC III part 2, 22; SBCV 1758; Sommer 36.14; Wroth BMC 1; Morrisson BnF 37/Cp/AE/1; Ratto 1883, gVF, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 8.720g, maximum diameter 26.7mm, 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, June 24, 2019.
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