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    Constantine VI and Irene (AD 780-797). AV solidus (20mm, 4.46 gm, 7h). NGC AU 5/5 - 3/5, marks. Constantinople, AD 792-797. IRIhH-AΓOЧStI, facing bust of Irene, wearing loros, crown with pendilia, four pinnacles and cross in center, globus cruciger in right hand, cruciform scepter in left / COhSTAh-TIhOS bAS' Θ, crowned facing bust of Constantine VI, wearing chlamys pinned at right shoulder, globus cruciger in right hand, acacia in left. Sear 1594.

    From the Morris Collection. Ex. Classical Numismatic Group 28 (8 December 1993), lot 485; Peus 279 (14 March 1972), lot 442.

    When Leo IV died in 780, his wife Irene ruled as regent for their adolescent son Constantine VI. Though the Isaurian dynasty had initiated iconoclasm and vigorously attacked the use of sacred images, Irene was a fervent iconodule and sought to reverse the divisive policy. In AD 790, she was temporarily ousted in a coup led by her now 20-year-old son. But he showed no talent for ruling and recalled her two years later. This solidus belongs to Irene's second ascendency, AD 792-797, before she took the audacious step of seizing sole power for herself.


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