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    Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus (AD 914-959) and Zoë, regent (AD 914-919). AV solidus (20mm, 4.20 gm, 6h). NGC VF 5/5 - 2/5, ex-mount, clipped. Constantinople, AD 914. + IhS XPS RЄX-RЄGNANTIЧM *, Christ seated facing on lyre-backed throne, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, right hand raised in benediction, book of Gospels in left / CONSTANT'CЄ ZΩH ЄN XΩ b'R', facing busts of Constantine VII (on left), beardless, wearing chlamys and crown, and Zoë (on right), wearing loros and crown with pendilia, two pinnacles and cross, both holding tall patriarchal cross on globus between them. Sear 1740. DOC III, Part 2, 2.1. Extremely rare. Clear legends on both sides and even wear.

    From the Collection of a Philhellene. Ex Classical Numismatic Group, Mail Bid 57 (4 April 2001), lot 1486.

    The son of Leo VI the Wise, Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus ("purple-born") reigned for nearly half a century, although he only 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. 


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