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    Rare Leo VI - Constantine VII Solidus

    Leo VI the Wise (AD 886-912), with Constantine VII. AV solidus (21mm, 4.34 gm, 6h).  Constantinople, AD 908-912.  + IhS XPS RЄX RЄΣNANTIЧM, Christ Pantocrator seated facing on lyre-backed throne, with cruciform nimbus, holding book  of gospels in left arm and raising right hand in benediction / LЄOh ЄT COhSTAhT' AЧΣΣ' ROM', Leo (on left) and Constantine standing facing, each wearing crown and loros and holding globus cruciger in outer hand, grasping long patriarchal cross between them. Sear 1725, DOC 2. Very rare! Four deep pockmarks or gouges on reverse. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice XF 5/5 - 2/5, scuffs.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Bonham's (London, October 1995), lot 211. 

    Though reigning 26 years, the mild and scholarly Leo VI the Wise struck relatively few gold coins. One of his edicts makes it clear that gold coins from previous reigns would be retained in circulation rather than recalled and re-struck, as had apparently been the previous practice. This perhaps reflects his basic conservatism and frugality. His bronze coinage is quite plentiful, however. Leo devoted most of his reign to administrative and legal affairs. His greatest accomplishment was the Basilica, a new legal handbook that updated Justinian's code and translated it into Greek, making it accessible to the general populace. 

    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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