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Romanus I Lecapenus, 17 December 920 - 16 December 944 A.D.
Joint rule with Constantine VII (his son-in-law), 17 December 920 - 16 December 944 A.D.
Romanus was a crafty commoner, who must have been an expert at manipulation and court politics. He raised himself to a position of power, and although he was largely responsible for the loss of a campaign to the Bulgars, it was he who profited from the political backlash. Romanus moved three of his sons into positions of power, at one point eclipsing the power of his co-emperor, Constantine VII. His own sons then attempted to overthrow him and in the ensuing chaos, Constantine VII seized his throne once and for all.
Byzantine Empire, Constantine VII and Romanus I Lecapenus, 17 December 920 - 16 December 944 A.D.
Constantine VII became sole emperor while he was a minor. He was dominated by his regents and was not allowed to take part in government. His regent Romanus I was made co-emperor in 920. In 945 Romanus I was deposed by his sons who wanted the throne. Instead Constantine VII took control. Finally, when he was 40 years old, he had sole rule and real power.BZ112956. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 25, Sommer 36.16, Morrisson BnF 37/Cp/AE/31, Wroth BMC 19, Ratto 1886, SBCV 1760, gF, green patina, centered on a tight irregularly shaped flan, rev. die damage, cleaning marks, weight 5.920 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 931 - 944 A.D.; obverse + RWmAn' bASILEVS RWM' (or similar), Romanus I facing, bearded, wearing jeweled chlamys and crown with cross, globus cruciger in left, transverse labarum in right; reverse + RWMA/n' En ΘEW bA/SILEVS RW/mAIWn in four lines; $55.00 SALE PRICE $49.50
Byzantine Empire, Constantine VII and Romanus I, 17 December 920 - 16 December 944 A.D.
The throne depicted on the obverse is also depicted in the Narthex Mosaic, at Hagia Sophia, Constantinople, from the late 9th or early 10th century A.D.SH17757. Gold solidus, DOC III-2 7; Wroth BMC 35; Morrisson BnF 37/Cp/AV/02; Ratto 1892; SBCV 1745; Sommer 36.5.1, nice VF, weight 4.321 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 921 - 931 A.D.; obverse IhS XRS REX REGNANTIUM* (Jesus Christ, King of Kings), Christ enthroned facing, wears nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium; raises right, Gospels in left; reverse ROMAN ET XΠISTOΠO AUGG, crowned busts facing of Romanus I (left) in loros and Christopher in chlamys, holding long patriarchal cross between them; a few marks; very scarce; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Romanus I and Christopher, 921 - 931 A.D.
The throne depicted on the obverse is also depicted in the Narthex Mosaic, at Hagia Sophia, Constantinople, from the late 9th or early 10th century A.D.SH04766. Gold solidus, DOC III-2 7; Berk 276; SBCV 1745, EF+, weight 4.36 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 921 - 931 A.D.; obverse +IhS XPS REX REGNANTInm, Christ enthroned facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium and raising right in benediction, holding gospels in left hand, the throne has a lyre back and is ornamented with pearls; reverse ROmAn Et XRISTOFO AYGGb (or similar), facing busts of Romanus I, with short beard on left, and Christopher (his son-in-law), beardless on right, Romanus wears loros, Christopher wears chlamys, and they hold a long patriarchal cross between them; SOLD
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