Byzantine Empire Leo VI, the Wise - Emperor: August 28, 886 - May 11th 912 A. Bronze Follis 27mm (5.37 grams) Constantinople mint: 886-912 A. Reference: Sear 1729 + LOn bASILVS ROm' - Bust facing, with short beard, wearing crown and chlamys, and holding akakia in left hand.+ LOn / n O bA / SILVS R / OMOn in four lines. The akakia was a cylindrical purple silk roll containing dust, held by the Byzantine emperors during ceremonies, and symbolizing the mortal nature of all men.
It possibly developed from the mappa , the cloth used by the Roman consuls to start the races at the hippodrome. Leo VI , surnamed the Wise or the Philosopher (Len VI ho Sophos , 19 September 866 11 May 912), was Byzantine emperor from 886 to 912. The second ruler of the Macedonian dynasty (although his parentage is unclear), he was very well-read, leading to his surname.
During his reign, the renaissance of letters begun by his predecessor Basil I continued, but the Empire also saw several military defeats in the Balkans against Bulgaria and against the Arabs in Sicily and the Aegean. A mosaic in Hagia Sophia showing Leo VI paying homage to Christ.The item "LEO VI the Wise 886AD Constantinople Ancient Medieval Byzantine Coin i55315" is in sale since Saturday, May 7, 2016. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Ancient\Byzantine (300-1400 AD)".
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