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Leo I, 7 February 457 - 18 January 474 A.D.

Leo I, a native of Dacia, assumed the purple after the death of Marcian in 457 A.D. Leo came to the throne at a time when the Eastern Roman army was made up almost entirely of Germans, and it is through the efforts of Leo that the powerful German military faction's influence was destroyed. After being struck down by illness, he raised his infant grandson to the purple, then died shortly after.


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Verina was the highly ambitious and capable wife of Emperor Leo I. After the death of her husband she continued to exercise great influence in the governing of the Empire. She was responsible for inciting two failed rebellions against Zeno, first by her brother Basiliscus in 475 - 476 A.D and then by Leontius in 484 - 488 A.D. She died at the fortress of Cherris in 484 A.D.
RL84949. Bronze half centenionalis, cf. RIC X 713 ff., SRCV V 21435 ff., LRBC II 2272 ff., DOCLR 582 ff., Hunter V - (various mints), VF, dark green patina, tight flan typical for the type with much of the legend and all the mintmark off flan, weight 1.091 g, maximum diameter 11.5 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain mint, 467 - 472 A.D.; obverse D N LEO P F AVG (or similar), pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Empress Verina standing facing, globus cruciger in right hand, transverse long scepter in left hand, b - E flanking across field, mintmark in exergue; scarce; $150.00 (133.50)


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RL60355. Copper half centenionalis, cf. RIC X 688, DOCLR 565 ff., LRBC II 1882, SRCV V 21443 f., aVF, green patina, scratches, edge cracks, weight 1.001 g, maximum diameter 9.4 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 462 - 272 A.D.; obverse [D N LE]OS P[ F AVG] (or similar), pearl diademed and draped bust right; reverse Leo's Latin monogram (LEONS) within wreath, mintmark below; scarce; $36.00 (32.04)


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SH37571. Gold solidus, Hunter V 8 (also 8th officina), RIC X 605, Choice gVF, weight 4.458 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 180o, 8th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 462 - 466 A.D.; obverse D N LEO PE-R PET AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left decorated with horseman; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG H (victory of the three emperors, 8th officina), Victory standing half left, supporting long jeweled cross, star right, CONOB in exergue; SOLD







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