Constantine VI and Irene, with Leo III, Constantine V, and Leo IV. 780-797 AD. Constantinople, c. 792/3 AD

Constantine VI and Irene, with Leo III, Constantine V, and Leo IV. 780-797 AD. Constantinople, c. 792/3 AD

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AV Solidus, 4.39g (19mm, 6h). COҺSTAҺTIҺOS Ь' S' Δ', Crowned facing busts of Constantine IV, draped and holding globus cruciger, and Irene, wearing loros and holding cruciform sceptre; cross above, • between / SV IRIҺI AVΓ' MITR' SV', Constantine V, Leo III, and Leo IV seated facing, each crowned and draped.

References: DOC 2; Sear 1591

Grade: Wear on face of Irene and on the far right face on reverse. Tight flan but nicely centered and decent strike. aEF . (bz1028)

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Constantine VI had the misfortune or fortune (on how one views it) to have an extremely ambitious mother. In 780, Leo IV, Constantine VI’s father died, Irene assumed the regency of her son. As a ruler she was effective in reversing the stringent policies on iconoclastism. As the years went on her relationship with her son weakened due to her insistence on involving herself in the affairs of the state. Soldiers that were still allegiant to Constantine V, the grandfather of Constantine VI, opted to coax the young man In exiling his mother. Over time this proved to be his undoing as his real character became more evident to those around him. He was found to be a weak and rather ruthless ruler. In 797 Irene took the opportunity to remove Constantine VI from office and had him blinded. This left sole rule to Irene.