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    Leo I the Great, Eastern Roman Emperor (AD 457-474). AV solidus (4.40 gm). Constantinople, 10th officina, AD AD 462-466. Diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust of Leo facing, head slightly right, holding spear over right shoulder and shield on left shoulder  / Victory standing left, holding jeweled long cross; star to right; I//CONOB. RIC 605. Depeyrot 93/1. Minor striking defect on face, very slight clip along lower edge. NGC MS 4/5 - 4/5, clipped.

    Leo was called "the Great" by later generations, probably due to his doggedness, his ability to bounce back from many setbacks, and for his survival in power for 17 years in so tumultuous an age. This gold solidus of Leo follows the by-now almost generic pattern of East Roman coinage, depicting him with highly stylized features in a frontal pose wearing full military garb. The figure of Victory on the reverse still reflects the old Pagan traditions of Rome, although she holds a Christian cross. 


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