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SOLD: Macedonian Dynasty, Leo VI, "the Wise", 886-912 AD, AE Follis

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Origin: Constantinople mint
Authority: Leo VI the Wise
Denomination: AE Follis
Composition: Bronze
Date: 886-912 AD
Obverse: +LЄOҺ ЬASILЄVS ROM, Bust facing, with short beard, wearing crown and chlamys, and holding akakia in left hand
Reverse: +LЄOҺ/ЄҺ ӨЄO ЬA/SILЄVS R/OmЄOҺ in four lines
Size: 26.55mm, 7.8g, 6h
Grade: VF, well struck, attractive dark green patina with earthen fill
References: SBCV 1729; DOC 8

Leo IV the Wise or the Philosopher, was the second ruler of the Macedonian dynasty.  Despite several marriages he struggled to produce a legitimate heir. After his third marraige, he had a son with his his mistress,  who then became his fourth wife. During his reign, the formal discontinuation of the Roman consul and Senate occured. He also contineud his father's mission of codifying Byzantine law, which was recorded in more than 60 books called the Basilika.  A prolific writer, he was the author of many works, leading to his epithet.

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