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    Romanus I Lecapenus and Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus. 920-959. AV solidus, (22 mm, 4.45 g, 5 h). Constantinople, 921. Nimbate Christ enthroned facing, raising hand in benediction and holding Gospels / Facing busts of Romanus I, on left, and Constantine VII, on right, holding patriarchal cross between them. DOC 4.1; SB 1746. Good VF, a hint of toning around the lettering and devices. Very rare. Ex Christov Family Collection; CNG 54 (14 June 2000), 1928.

    This rare and extremely attractive solidus was struck during the co-rule of Constantine VII and his regent Romanus I. In order to save the young Constantine from the domination of the Bulgarian Tsar Symeon, Romanus I, commander of the Byzantine fleet, was appointed his regent in a palace revolution in Constantinople. Romanus skillfully defended against repeated Bulgarian attacks, but once Symeon died in 927 and the Bulgarian Empire began to collapse, he attempted to advance his own sons at the expense of Constantine. In 944, the children of Romanus deposed their own father, but were in turn dethroned by Constantine VII, who then ruled alone and with his son, Romanus II, until 959. This coin is likely to have been struck in connection with the Bulgarian wars of Romanus I.


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