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Leo V, 11 July 813 - 25 December 820 A.D.

Joint rule with Constantine (his son), 25 December 813 - 25 December 820 A.D.
Leo V the Armenian replaced Michael I as emperor and attempted to restore some of the lost glory of the Byzantine Empire. His real goal was to restore iconoclasm, but he had few supporters for this idea. He took to persecution to enforce his goals, leading to his assassination on Christmas day in the church of St. Sophia.
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Byzantine Empire, Leo V and Constantine, 25 December 813 - 25 December 820 A.D.

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In 815, Leo concluded a 30-year peace treaty with Khan Omurtag of Bulgaria. The treaty was honored by both sides and renewed after the accession of Michael II in 820. In 821, Thomas the Slav rebelled and laid siege to Constantinople to seize the Imperial throne. Omurtag sent an army to help Michael II put down the rebellion. Byzantine accounts report that Thomas' army was routed at the Battle of Kedouktos (winter 822 or spring 823), however, modern scholars consider the battle a victory, albeit costly, for the rebel.
BZ76324. Bronze follis, Anastasi 497; DOC III part 1, 19; Morrisson BnF 30/Sy/AE/01; Wroth BMC 22; Tolstoi 22; Ratto 1803; SBCV 1635; Sommer 29.7, gVF, well centered on an oval flan, light marks and porosity, weight 3.886 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 817 - 25 Dec 820 A.D.; obverse facing busts of Leo, on left, with short beard and Constantine, each wears crown and chlamys, cross between above; reverse Λ•K (initials of Leon and Konstantine), cross above; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Leo V the Armenian and Constantine, 25 December 813 - 25 December 820 A.D.

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Leo V the Armenian replaced Michael I as emperor and attempted to restore some of the lost glory of the Byzantine Empire. His greatest goal was to restore iconoclasm (the rejection or destruction of religious images as heretical), but he had few supporters for this idea. He took to persecution to enforce his goals, leading to his assassination on Christmas day in the church of St. Sophia.
BZ86579. Silver miliaresion, DOC III part 1, 4, Wroth BMC 4, Morrisson BnF 30/Cp/AR/2, Tolstoi 10, Ratto 1799, Grierson 666, SBCV 1628 1818, EF, toned, areas slightly weak, reverse slightly double struck, die cracks, light marks and scratches, weight 2.209 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse IhSUS XRISTUS nICA (Jesus Christ conquers), cross potent on three steps; reverse +LEOn/S COnSTAn/TInE EC ΘEY / bASILIS RO/mAIOn (Leo and Constantine, by the grace of God, Kings of Romans) in five lines; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Leo V the Armenian and Constantine, 25 December 813 - 25 December 820 A.D.

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Leo V the Armenian replaced Michael I as emperor and attempted to restore some of the lost glory of the Byzantine Empire. His greatest goal was to restore iconoclasm (the rejection or destruction of religious images as heretical), but he had few supporters for this idea. He took to persecution to enforce his goals, leading to his assassination on Christmas day in the church of St. Sophia.
BZ86358. Silver miliaresion, DOC III part 1, 4, Wroth BMC 4, Morrisson BnF 30/Cp/AR/2, Tolstoi 10, Ratto 1799, Grierson 666, Sommer 29.3, SBCV 1628, VF, toned, tight flan, porous, weight 1.470 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 25 Dec 813 - 25 Dec 820 A.D.; obverse IhSUS XRISTUS nICA (Jesus Christ conquers), cross potent on base and three steps; reverse +LEOn/S COnSTAn/TInE EC ΘEY / bASILIS RO/mAIOn (Leo and Constantine, by the grace of God, Kings of Romans) in five lines; SOLD







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