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

|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.
BZ79957. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 8, Morrisson BnF 35/Cp/AE/14, Wroth BMC 8, Ratto 1873, Sommer 34.5, SBCV 1729, aVF, well centered, scratches on reverse, dark green patina, weight 6.407 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 6 Jan 870 - 11 May 912; obverse + LEOn bASILEVS ROm (Leon emperor of the Romans), bust facing, with short beard, wearing crown with cross and chlamys, holding akakia in left hand; reverse + LEOn / En ΘEO bA/SILEVS R/OMEOn (Leon, through God, emperor of the Romans) in four lines; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Leo VI the Wise and Alexander, 6 January 870 - 11 May 912 A.D.

|Leo| |VI|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Leo| |VI| |the| |Wise| |and| |Alexander,| |6| |January| |870| |-| |11| |May| |912| |A.D.||follis|
Alexander was the younger brother of Leo VI and co-ruler throughout the reign, but apparently he did not actually participate in the government at all. After Leo's death Alexander ruled for one year as senior emperor. He stopped paying tribute to the Bulgars which had serious consequences in the following years.
BZ71569. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 6; Wroth BMC 7; Ratto 1875; Sommer 34.6; Morrisson BnF 35/Cp/AE/04; SBCV 1730, gVF, weight 7.036 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 886 - 912; obverse +LEON S ALEXANGROS (Leon with Alexandros), Leo and Alexander seated facing on double throne, each wearing crown and loros, holding labarum between them; reverse + LEON / S ALXAn/GROS bASIL / ROMEOn (Leon with Alexandros emperors of the Romans) in four lines; scarce; SOLD


|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.
BZ93541. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 8, Morrisson BnF 35/Cp/AE/14, Wroth BMC 8, Ratto 1873, Sommer 34.5, SBCV 1729, gVF, well centered, dark patina, heavy earthen deposits, weight 9.380 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 150o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 886 - 912 AD; obverse + LEOn bASILEVS 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; from the Errett Bishop Collection; SOLD







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