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    Constantine V Copronymus and Leo IV (AD 741-775). AV solidus (21mm, 4.40 gm, 6h).  Constantinople, AD 757-75. CONSTANTINOS S LЄOS O NЄOS, facing busts of Constantine V, with short beard on left, and his son Leo IV, beardless to right, each wearing crown and chlamys; pellet between their heads, and cross in field above / G LЄ-ON P A MVL B, facing bust of Leo III, with short beard, wearing crown and loros, and holding cross potent. DOC 2. SB 1551. Scarce, particularly in good grade. Struck on a full, round flan and Nearly Mint State.

    Though a highly successful ruler in many spheres, Constantine V was not fondly remembered by most Byzantines, mainly due to his zealous enforcement of the Iconoclastic policies launched by his father, Leo III. Constantine's enemies nicknamed him Copronymos, i.e. "named in dung," because he had allegedly fouled his baptismal fountain. His generalship proved outstanding against both the Arabs and the Bulgarians, whom he crushed at the battle of Anchialos in AD 763. But the Iconoclast controversy created discord throughout the Byzantine world for more than a century and counteracted many of the reforms and military victories achieved by father and son. Still, their efforts ensured the empire's survival and paved the way for the great Macedonian Renaissance in the following century. 


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