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Constantine V Copronymus, 25 March 720 - 14 September 775 A.D.
Joint rule as junior emperor with Leo III (his father), 25 March 720 - 18 June 741 A.D. Joint rule with Leo IV (his son), 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D. Constantine V was a successful military commander, defeating Bulgarians and Umayyad Muslims. Unfortunately, his iconoclast policies diminished Byzantine influence in the West and he lost Ravenna to the Lombards in 751 A.D.
Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, joint reign 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.
In 772, the Frankish king Charlemagne began fighting the Saxons and the Frisians. In 774, he conquered the Lombards, and took the title, King of the Lombards.SH06892. Gold solidus, DOC III part 1, 2d; Morrisson BnF 23/Cp/AV/09; Tolstoi 35; Sommer 23.2.1; SBCV 1551; Wroth BMC -; Ratto -, EF, weight 4.36 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 757 - 14 Sep 775 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINOS S LEON O NEOS, facing busts of Constantine with short beard (on left) and Leo IV beardless (on right), pellet and cross between them; reverse G LEON P A MYL, facing bust of Leo III, with short beard, wearing crown and loros, cross potent in right hand, no officina indicated; from the Scott Collection; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.
References identify this type as a half follis, but we believe the Λ in the exergue has a typical Byzantine "clever" dual meaning as both Leo's initial and 30 nummi. There is only one example of this rare type in Dumbarton Oaks. Neither Dumbarton Oaks nor Sear includes the globus cruciger in the right hand in their descriptions, but it is present on the Dumbarton Oaks plate coin.BZ83043. Bronze 3/4 follis, Anastasi 439; SBCV 1569A; DOC III part 1, 20; Morrisson BnF -; Wroth BMC -; Ratto -, aEF, weight 1.680 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Syracuse mint, obverse facing busts of Constantine V (on left bearded) and Leo IV (on right beardless), wearing crown without cross and chlamys, in ex CIK'Λ; reverse Leo III, bearded, standing facing wearing crown and loros, cross potent in on base in left, globus cruciger in right, Λ (Leo's initial and 30 nummi) in exergue; extremely rare; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Leo III the Isaurian and Constantine V, 25 March 720 - 18 June 741 A.D.
This type varies considerably in size and weight, ranging from c. 27mm and 6 grams down to 15 mm and 1 gram. -- Byzantine Coins and Their Values by David R. SearBZ72019. Bronze follis, Wroth BMC p. 410, 9 corr. (Leo V, same leg breaks); DOC III part 1, 39a.1; Sommer 21.11; SBCV 1516; Morrisson BnF - (p. 460); Ratto -, VF, well centered, nice green patina, weight 6.039 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 735 - 741 A.D.; obverse LEOh-S C-O-hST', crowned busts of Leo III bearded on left and Constantine V beardless facing, each wears chlamys and holds akakia in right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, X/X/X left, N/N/N right, A below; scarce; SOLD
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