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    Extremely Rare Issue

    Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus (914-959) and Zoë, regent (AD 914-919). AV solidus (20mm, 4.18 gm, 6h).  Constantinople, AD 914. + IhS XPS RЄX RЄGNANTIЧM *, Christ, nimbate, seated facing on lyre-backed throne, raising right hand in benediction and holding Gospels / CONSTANT'CЄ ZΩH ЄN XΩ b'R', facing busts of Constantine, beardless, wearing chlamys and crown, and Zoë, wearing loros and crown with pendilia, pinnacles and cross; between them, globus with tall patriarchal cross. Sear 1740. DOC 2. FF 2; Extremely rare. NGC (photo-certificate) AU 5/5 - 2/5, scratches, clipped.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection.

    The son of Leo VI the Wise, Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus ("purple-born") reigned for nearly half a century, although he held actual power for the last quarter of that span. As a child he was under the regency of his mother Zoë and the Patriarch Nicholas. A crisis occasioned by war with Bulgaria in AD 920 brought the capable admiral Romanus I to the throne as co-emperor; Romanus proceeded to advance his own sons in the succession, keeping Constantine in the background. But Constantine learned much during his long apprenticeship and, in, AD 944, he cannily managed a palace coup that deposed Romanus and his sons, leaving Constantine as sole ruler. By nature a scholar, he wrote several treatises and guidebooks on government that survive to this day. Learning, art and literature throve, and the Macedonian Renaissance gained strength under his firm and conscientious rule. 

    This coin from the Dimitriadis Collection has been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. It may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. E-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.


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