Leo VI, the Wise, with Alexander. Constantinople, 886-912 AD

Leo VI, the Wise, with Alexander. Constantinople, 886-912 AD

750.00

Æ 27, 7.23g (27mm, 6h). +LЄOҺ S ALЄΞAҺGROS, Leo and Alexander enthroned facing, holding labarum between them; Alexander also holds an akakia / + LЄOҺ/S ALЄΞAҺGROS ЬASIL ROMЄOҺ in four lines.

References: DOC 6; Sear 1730

Grade: Pretty green patina with sharp strike and nice centering. EF (bz1027)

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As his name suggests, Leo VI was much more suitable as a scholar than to rule the empire. Leo continued to write the historical and legal document begun by Basil, which later became the basis of law in medieval times. Unfortunately Leo was not interested or possibly not adept at military affairs and the state of the empire suffered under his reign. Similar to Henry VIII, Leo was unable to father a son and married four times to the dismay of the church. Eventually he did father a child with his fourth wife but Leo died in 912 when the boy was still a minor so the throne passed onto his younger brother Alexander who is also shown on this coin.