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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Byzantine Coins| ▸ |Macedonian Dynasty| ▸ |Leo VI||View Options:  |  |  | 

Leo VI, the Wise, 6 January 870 - 11 May 912 A.D.

Joint rule as Junior emperor with Basil I (his his father), 6 January 870 - 28 August 866 A.D.
Joint rule with Alexander (his brother), c. September 879 - 11 May 912 A.D.
Joint rule with Constantine VII (his son), 15 May 908 - 11 May 912 A.D.
Leo VI, the Wise, was a scholar who had little time for foreign affairs, and as a result, affairs outside the empire suffered a rapid decline. The Bulgars and the Arabs both became problematic to the Empire. Internally, Leo did complete the work started by Basil on the legal system, which became the basis for Byzantine law. He married four times in the quest for a male heir, which put him in direct conflict with the church. He was eventually barred from attending St. Sophia.

Byzantine Empire, Basil I, Constantine & Leo VI, 6 January 870 - 3 September 879 A.D.

|Basil| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Basil| |I,| |Constantine| |&| |Leo| |VI,| |6| |January| |870| |-| |3| |September| |879| |A.D.||follis|NEW
Basil I, the Macedonian, was born a simple peasant and rose in the Imperial court. He cunningly befriended the emperor Michael III, "the Drunkard," assassinated the emperor's brother in law, and after convincing Michael to crown him co-emperor, killed Michael. Despite his humble origins, Basil was an able emperor and founded a dynasty that would maintain a stable empire for almost two centuries.
BZ99033. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 10d; Wroth BMC 24; Morrisson BnF 34/Cp/AE/19; Sommer 33.8; SBCV 1713; Tolstoi -; Ratto -, VF, well centered, brown tone, porous/light corrosion, weight 5.995 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 870 - 879 A.D.; obverse + LEON bASIL' - CONZ AVGG (cross on crown divides inscription), facing half-length figures of Basil (center), Leo (left) and Constantine (right), Basil wears crown with cross and loros, sons each wear crown with cross and chlamys; reverse + bASIL / CONSZAn/Z S LEOn En / ΘO bASILS / ROmEOn in five lines, star below; scarce; $110.00 (104.50)


|Leo| |VI|, |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. He was eventually barred from attending St. Sophia.
BZ98866. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 8, Morrisson BnF 35/Cp/AE/14, Wroth BMC 8, Ratto 1873, Sommer 34.5, SBCV 1729, Choice VF, centered, green patina, weight 8.240 g, maximum diameter 25.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 886 - 912 AD; obverse + LEOn bASILVS ROm', bust facing, with short beard, wearing crown with cross and chlamys, holding akakia in left hand; reverse + LEOn / EnΘEO bA/SILEVS R/OMEOn, inscription in four lines; $100.00 (95.00)


|Leo| |VI|, |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. He was eventually barred from attending St. Sophia.
BZ98865. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 8, Morrisson BnF 35/Cp/AE/14, Wroth BMC 8, Ratto 1873, Sommer 34.5, SBCV 1729, VF, green patina, broad flan, weight 6.012 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 886 - 912 AD; obverse + LEOn bASILVS ROm', bust facing, with short beard, wearing crown with cross and chlamys, holding akakia in left hand; reverse + LEOn / EnΘEO bA/SILEVS R/OMEOn, inscription in four lines; $90.00 (85.50)


|Leo| |VI|, |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. He was eventually barred from attending St. Sophia.
BZ98867. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 8, Morrisson BnF 35/Cp/AE/14, Wroth BMC 8, Ratto 1873, Sommer 34.5, SBCV 1729, VF, full legend and inscription, porous, weight 7.198 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 886 - 912 AD; obverse + LEOn bASILVS ROm', bust facing, with short beard, wearing crown with cross and chlamys, holding akakia in left hand; reverse + LEOn / EnΘEO bA/SILEVS R/OMEOn, inscription in four lines; $80.00 (76.00)


Byzantine Empire, Basil I Alexander & Leo VI, 867 - 886 A.D.

|Basil| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Basil| |I| |Alexander| |&| |Leo| |VI,| |867| |-| |886| |A.D.||miliaresion|
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. He was eventually barred from attending St. Sophia.
SL49973. Silver miliaresion, DOC III-2 7; SBCV 1708, ICG AU55, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 868 - 879 A.D.; obverse IhSUS XRISTUS nICA (Jesus Christ Conquers), cross potent on three steps and globe; reverse + bASI/LIOS CE / CONStAN/tIN' PIStV / bASILIS / ROMEO, legend in six lines; ICG certified (slabbed); SOLD







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