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Leo IV the Khazar, 6 June 751 - 8 September 780 A.D.

Joint rule as junior emperor with Constantine V (his father), 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.
Joint rule with Constantine VI (his son), 24 April 776 - 8 September 780 A.D.
Leo was the son of Constantine V by his first wife, Irene of Khazaria the daughter of a Khagan of the Khazars. He was crowned co-emperor by his father in 751. In 775 Constantine V died, leaving Leo as sole emperor. Leo, following the precedent set by his father and grandfather, appointed his son, Constantine VI, co-emperor. Leo's five half-brothers who had hoped to gain the throne rebelled by were defeated and exiled. The third Abbasid Caliph, Al-Mahdi, repeatedly invaded during Leo's reign but was repulsed by Leo's armies. Leo IV was raised as an iconoclast but, pursuing a path of conciliation, Leo allowed monks, persecuted and deported under his father, to return to their monasteries He was anointed as "Friend to the Mother of God" for allowing monks to retain images of the Theotokos. Leo also appointed an iconophile sympathizer as the patriarch of Constantinople. At the end of his reign, however, Leo reversed his stance of toleration. Leo died of fever while on campaign against the Bulgars. Constantine VI succeeded his father as emperor, ruling jointly with his mother, Irene.

|Leo| |IV|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Leo| |VI| |the| |Wise,| |6| |January| |870| |-| |11| |May| |912| |A.D.||follis|
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 and was eventually barred from attending St. Sophia.
BZ96884. Bronze follis, DOC III part 2, 8; Morrisson BnF 35/Cp/AE/14; SBCV 1729; Sommer 34.5; Wroth BMC 8, Ratto 1873, Choice VF, well centered and struck, attractive green patina, weight 9.595 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 6 Jan 870 - 11 May 912; obverse LEOn bASILEVS 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

Byzantine Empire, Leo IV the Khazar and Constantine VI, 24 April 776 - 8 September 780

|Leo| |IV|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Leo| |IV| |the| |Khazar| |and| |Constantine| |VI,| |24| |April| |776| |-| |8| |September| |780||miliaresion|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

The miliaresion was valued at 1/12 solidus.
SH06183. Silver miliaresion, DOC III part 1, 3; Wroth BMC 9 - 10; Tolstoi 10; Ratto 1768 - 1769; Morrisson 1 - 2; SBCV 1585, gVF, weight 2.15 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 776 - 780 A.D.; obverse IhSUS XRITUS nICA, cross potent on three steps, triple border; reverse LEOn / S COnST/AnTInE E / CQEU bA/SILIS * in five lines, triple border; from the Woolslayer Collection, ex Fehlhaber Collection; scarce; SOLD

Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.

|Constantine| |V|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |V| |and| |Leo| |IV,| |6| |June| |751| |-| |14| |September| |775| |A.D.||follis|
In 751, Pepin the Short was elected King of the Franks by the Frankish nobility, marking the end of the Merovingian and beginning of the Carolingian dynasty.
BZ50482. Bronze follis, Anastasi 434; DOC III part 1, 19; Wroth BMC 35; Tolstoi 53; Ratto 1757; SBCV 1569; Sommer 23.11, Choice aEF, superb for the type, weight 2.340 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Syracuse mint, obverse K - ΛE/O/N, Constantine V and Leo IV, each stand facing wearing crown and chlamys and holding akakia, cross between heads; reverse Λ/E/O/N - ∆/E/C/Π, Leo III standing facing, bearded, wearing crown and chlamys, cross potent in right hand; scarce; SOLD


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