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Leo V, 11 July 813 - 25 December 820 A.D.

Joint rule with Constantine (his son), 25 December 813 - 25 December 820 A.D.
Leo V the Armenian replaced Michael I as emperor and attempted to restore some of the lost glory of the Byzantine Empire. His real goal was to restore iconoclasm, but he had few supporters for this idea. He took to persecution to enforce his goals, leading to his assassination on Christmas day in the church of St. Sophia.
Europe 814

Byzantine Empire, Leo V the Armenian and Constantine, 25 December 813 - 25 December 820 A.D.

|Leo| |V|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Leo| |V| |the| |Armenian| |and| |Constantine,| |25| |December| |813| |-| |25| |December| |820| |A.D.||follis|NEW
A senior general, Leo V forced his predecessor, Michael I Rangabe, to abdicate and assumed the throne. He ended the decade-long war with the Bulgars, and initiated the second period of Byzantine Iconoclasm. He was assassinated by supporters of Michael the Amorian, one of his most trusted generals, who succeeded him on the throne.
BZ113818. Bronze follis, Anastasi 487, DOC III-1 16, Wroth BMC 36, Tolstoi 26, SBCV 1638, Sommer 29.10, Morrisson BnF -, Ratto -, VF, tight ragged flan, weight 1.766 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 25 Dec 813 - 814 A.D.; obverse Λ-EON, facing bust of Leo with short beard, wearing crown and loros, cross potent in right; reverse K-ONC, facing bust of Constantine, beardless, wearing crown and chlamys, globus cruciger in right; scarce; $70.00 (€65.80)

Byzantine Empire, Leo V and Constantine, 25 December 813 - 25 December 820 A.D.

|Leo| |V|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Leo| |V| |and| |Constantine,| |25| |December| |813| |-| |25| |December| |820| |A.D.||follis|
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, Anastasi 497, DOC III-1 19, Morrisson BnF 30/Sy/AE/01, Wroth BMC 22, Tolstoi 22, Ratto 1803, SBCV 1635, Sommer 29.7, gVF, well centered on an oval flan, light marks and porosity, weight 3.886 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 817 - 25 Dec 820 A.D.; obverse facing busts of Leo, on left, with short beard and Constantine, each wears crown and chlamys, cross between above; reverse Λ•K (initials of Leon and Konstantine), cross above; SOLD

Byzantine Empire, Leo V the Armenian and Constantine, 25 December 813 - 25 December 820 A.D.

|Leo| |V|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Leo| |V| |the| |Armenian| |and| |Constantine,| |25| |December| |813| |-| |25| |December| |820| |A.D.||miliaresion|
"CONSTANTINOPOLIS (Istanbul, Turkey - 41°02'N, 28°57'E), founded as Byzantium about 660 BC by Greeks from Megara, is located on the European side of the southern end of the Bosporus. It became a Roman ally in the second century BC, and maintained independent status until at least the first century AD. It was destroyed by Septimius Severus for aiding Pescennius Niger, but rebuilt within the same reign. Constantine I re-founded it as his capital, gave it his name, and opened a mint which struck for over 1,100 years under the Romans and Byzantines. It became the capital of the Byzantine Empire."- from Moneta Historical Research by Tom Schroer
BZ86579. Silver miliaresion, DOC III-1 4, Wroth BMC 4, Morrisson BnF 30/Cp/AR/2, Tolstoi 10, Ratto 1799, Grierson 666, SBCV 1628 1818, EF, toned, areas slightly weak, reverse slightly double struck, die cracks, light marks and scratches, weight 2.209 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse IhSUS XRISTUS nICA (Jesus Christ conquers), cross potent on three steps; reverse +LEOn/S COnSTAn/TInE EC ΘEY / bASILIS RO/mAIOn (Leo and Constantine, by the grace of God, Kings of Romans) in five lines; SOLD


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