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Leo IV the Khazar, 6 June 751 - 8 September 780 A.D.

Joint rule as junior emperor with Constantine V (his father), 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.
Joint rule with Constantine VI (his son), 24 April 776 - 8 September 780 A.D.
Leo was the son of Constantine V by his first wife, Irene of Khazaria the daughter of a Khagan of the Khazars. He was crowned co-emperor by his father in 751. In 775 Constantine V died, leaving Leo as sole emperor. Leo, following the precedent set by his father and grandfather, appointed his son, Constantine VI, co-emperor. Leo's five half-brothers who had hoped to gain the throne rebelled by were defeated and exiled. The third Abbasid Caliph, Al-Mahdi, repeatedly invaded during Leo's reign but was repulsed by Leo's armies. Leo IV was raised as an iconoclast but, pursuing a path of conciliation, Leo allowed monks, persecuted and deported under his father, to return to their monasteries He was anointed as "Friend to the Mother of God" for allowing monks to retain images of the Theotokos. Leo also appointed an iconophile sympathizer as the patriarch of Constantinople. At the end of his reign, however, Leo reversed his stance of toleration. Leo died of fever while on campaign against the Bulgars. Constantine VI succeeded his father as emperor, ruling jointly with his mother, Irene.


Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.

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Constantine V was a successful military commander, defeating Bulgarians and Umayyad Muslims. Unfortunately his iconoclast policies diminished Byzantine influence in the West and he lost Ravenna to the Lombards in 751 A.D.
BZ76325. Bronze follis, Anastasi 434; DOC III, part 1, 19; Wroth BMC 35, Tolstoi 53, Ratto 1757, SBCV 1569, VF, nice nice green patina, usual crowed flan, weight 2.546 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 757 - 14 Sep 775 A.D.; obverse K - ΛE/O/N, Constantine V and Leo IV, each stand facing wearing crown and chlamys and holding akakia, cross between heads; reverse Λ/E/O/N - ∆/E/C/Π, Leo III standing facing, bearded, wearing crown and chlamys, cross potent in right hand; $90.00 (€76.50)
 


Byzantine Empire, Leo IV the Khazar and Constantine VI, 24 April 776 - 8 September 780

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

The miliaresion was valued at 1/12 solidus. Ex Fehlhaber collection and Woolslayer collection.
SH06183. Silver miliaresion, DOC III, part 1, 3; Wroth BMC 9 - 10; Tolstoi 10; Ratto 1768 - 1769; Morrisson 1 - 2; SBCV 1585, gVF, weight 2.15 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 776 - 780 A.D.; obverse IhSUS XRITUS nICA, cross potent on three steps, triple border; reverse LEOn / S COnST/AnTInE E / CQEU bA/SILIS * in five lines, triple border; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.

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In 751, Pepin the Short was elected King of the Franks by the Frankish nobility, marking the end of the Merovingian and beginning of the Carolingian dynasty.
BZ50482. Bronze follis, Anastasi 434; DOC III, part 1, 19; Wroth BMC 35; Tolstoi 53; Ratto 1757; SBCV 1569; Sommer 23.11, Choice aEF, superb for the type, weight 2.340 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Syracuse mint, obverse K - ΛE/O/N, Constantine V and Leo IV, each stand facing wearing crown and chlamys and holding akakia, cross between heads; reverse Λ/E/O/N - ∆/E/C/Π, Leo III standing facing, bearded, wearing crown and chlamys, cross potent in right hand; scarce; SOLD







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