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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.

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-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, Leo IV and Constantine VI, 24 April 776 - 8 September 780 A.D.

|Leo| |IV|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Leo| |IV| |and| |Constantine| |VI,| |24| |April| |776| |-| |8| |September| |780| |A.D.||follis|
The emperors on the obverse were the current rulers of the empire. Constantine VI was the only child of Emperor Leo IV. He was elevated to co-emperor in 751, while still an infant. He would succeed his father. The emperors on the reverse were deceased. Constantine V was Leo IV's father, and Leo III was his grandfather. When this coin was struck the letter M was on both follis and half follis. It no longer represented 40 nummi. The letters BA are found only on the folles, not the half folles. It likely abbreviates βασιλειϖ (kings).
BZ95680. Bronze follis, DOC III-1 4, Morrisson BnF 25/Cp/AE/01, Wroth BMC 11, Tolstoi 11, Ratto 1772, SBCV 1586, Sommer 24.4, gF, well centered, light corrosion, weight 4.922 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 776 - 778 A.D.; obverse facing busts Leo IV (on left) bearded, and Constantine VI (on right) beardless, each wears crown and chlamys, cross above, no inscription; reverse facing bust of Leo III and Constantine V, each with short beard, each wears crown, loros and holds cross potent, B left, A right, all above horizontal line; below line large M (40 nummi) between X and N, A below; SOLD



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