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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Byzantine Coins| ▸ |Isaurian Dynasty| ▸ |Constantine VI||View Options:  |  |  | 

Constantine VI, 24 April 776 - 19 August 797 A.D.

Joint rule as junior emperor with Leo IV (his father), 24 April 776 - 8 September 780 A.D.
Joint rule with Irene (his mother and regent), 8 September 780 - 19 August 797 A.D.
Constantine VI was still a child when his father died, so his mother served as regent. In 790 he took control and sent her into exile, but within a year she was back as co-ruler. Constantine was cruel, weak and unpopular. His mother was also cruel, but not weak. In 797, she deposed and blinded her own son and took sole rule of the empire.

|Constantine| |VI|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |VI| |and| |Irene,| |8| |September| |780| |-| |19| |August| |797| |A.D.||solidus|
In 790, Constantine VI took control and forced his mother, who had been his regent, into exile. A little more than a year later Irene was back as co-ruler. In 797, Irene had her son deposed and blinded and assumed sole rule.

Feg has the obverse and reverse opposite. Other than Feg 4.7, the referenced examples all have either incomplete or illegible inscriptions, or have variations from this coin.
SH12347. Gold solidus, Feg 4.7 (C.4.6/Ir.4.1); cf. Wroth BMC 1; DOC III-1 2; Morrisson BnF 2, Tolstoi 1; SBCV 1591; Sommer -; Ratto -, VF, remarkable for complete inscriptions, light marks, weight 4.413 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople mint, 15 Jan 792 - 793; obverse COnSTAnTInOS CA - SIR, crowned facing busts of Constantine IV, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger in left hand; and Irene, wearing loros, cruciform scepter in her right hand; cross above center; reverse SVn IrInI AVΓ mITHRΛ, Constantine V, Leo III, and Leo IV (the boy emperor's deceased father, grand-father and great grandfather) seated facing, each bearded and wearing crown and chlamys; ex Forum 2014; ex Numismatik Lanz (eBay auction, 4 Feb 2011, sold for €3027); rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Constantine VI and Irene, 8 September 780 - 19 August 797 A.D.

|Constantine| |VI|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |VI| |and| |Irene,| |8| |September| |780| |-| |19| |August| |797| |A.D.||miliaresion|
Heavy flan for the type - probably overstruck on an Arabic dirhem. Dumbarton Oaks identifies the side with the cross as the reverse.
SH36685. Silver miliaresion, DOC III-1 5; SBCV 1595, VF, weight 2.217 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 751 - 775 A.D.; obverse IhSUS XRIS-TUS nICA, cross potent on three steps, triple border; reverse CONS/TANTINO/S S IRINI E / C QEU bA/SILIS +, inscription in five lines, triple border; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Constantine VI and Irene, 8 September 780 - 19 August 797 A.D.

|Constantine| |VI|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |VI| |and| |Irene,| |8| |September| |780| |-| |19| |August| |797| |A.D.||miliaresion|

BZ80994. Silver miliaresion, SBCV 1595; DOC III-1 4b, F, horn silver, clipped, weight 1.863 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 8 Sep 780 - 19 Aug 797 A.D.; obverse CONS/TANTINO/S S IRINI E / C QEU bA/SILIS +, legend in five lines, triple border; reverse IhSUS XRIS-TUS nICA, cross potent on three steps, triple border; lamination defects, corrosion, encrusted with horn silver; scarce; SOLD







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