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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Byzantine Coins| ▸ |Macedonian Dynasty| ▸ |Zoe||View Options:  |  |  | 

Zoe, Regent of Constantine VII, February 914 - 919 A.D.

Zoe was Leo VI's fourth wife, and the one to finally deliver him a heir, Constantine VII. After both both her husband and his brother Alexander died, her young son became emperor. Still a minor, Constantine VII was first under the regency of Patriarch Nicholas Mysticus, but soon after Zoe took control. She did not prove to be a good leader, as the Bulgarians led by Simeon repeatedly crushed the Byzantine armies.

Byzantine Empire, Constantine VII and Zoe, 914 - 919 A.D.

|Constantine| |VII|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |VII| |and| |Zoe,| |914| |-| |919| |A.D.||follis|
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.
SH62573. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 22; Sommer 36.14; Wroth BMC 1; Morrisson BnF 37/Cp/AE/1; Ratto 1883; SBCV 1758, gVF, sharp, well centered on a tight flan, weight 4.821 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 914 - 919 A.D.; obverse + COnStAnt' CE ZOH b' (Constantine and Zoe, Rulers of the Roman People), 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 (Constantine and Zoe, Rulers of the Roman People) in five lines; SOLD



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