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Leo VI, Copper, Follis, Constantinople, 886-912

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Leo VI with short beard wearing chlamys and crown with cross. Roundel with central pellet on right shoulder, akakia in left hand.

LEOS-ILEVSROM

Reverse

Inscription of four lines.

LEO
EΘEO
SILEVSR
OEO

Obverse

Frontal bust of Leo VI with short beard wearing chlamys and crown with cross. Roundel with central pellet on right shoulder, akakia in left hand.

LEOS-ILEVSROM

Reverse

Inscription of four lines.

LEO
EΘEO
SILEVSR
OEO

Accession number BZC.2006.6
Ruler Leo VI
Date of Reign 886–912
Metal Copper
Denomination Follis
Mint Constantinople
Date 886912
Diameter 21.0 mm
Weight 6.13 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin is a follis of Class 3. Cf. DOC 3.2:518–21, nos. 8.1–63. This specimen is especially nicely preserved.

Acquisition History

Gift of Ms. Nancy Ford; purchased on the Italian market in the 1970s. On the circulation of folles of Basil I, Leo VI, and their successors in the Byzantine theme of Longobardia, see C. Morrisson, “Miliareni de follibus: la trouvaille de folles byzantins de Cannes (milieu du xe siècle).”