Constantine V was a successful military commander, defeating Bulgarians and Umayyad Muslims. Unfortunately his iconoclast policies diminished influence in the and he lost Ravenna to the in 751 A.D.BZ76325. Bronze
, Constantine V and , joint reign 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.
In 772, the Frankish Charlemagne began fighting the Saxons and the Frisians. In 774, he conquered the , and took the title, of the .SH06892. Gold
, , 1, 2d; 23/Cp/AV/09; 35; 23.2.1; 1551; -; -, EF, 4.36 g, maximum 20.3 mm, 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 757 - 14 Sep 775 A.D.; CONSTANTINOS S LEON O NEOS, facing busts of Constantine with short beard (on left) and beardless (on right), pellet and between them; G LEON P A MYL, facing of , with short beard, wearing crown and , in right hand, no indicated; from the Scott Collection; SOLD
, Constantine V and , 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.
References identify this as a half , but we believe the Λ in the has a typical "clever" dual meaning as both Leo's initial and 30 nummi. There is only one example of this in Dumbarton Oaks. Neither Dumbarton Oaks nor includes the in the right hand in their descriptions, but it is present on the Dumbarton Oaks plate coin.BZ83043. Bronze 3/4
, 439; 1569A; , 1, 20; -; -; -, aEF, 1.680 g, maximum 15.1 mm, 180o, , mint, facing busts of Constantine V (on left bearded) and (on right beardless), wearing crown without and , CIK'Λ; , bearded, standing facing wearing crown and , in on base in left, in right, Λ (Leo's initial and 30 nummi) in ; extremely ; SOLD
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