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90050263
Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 263. Estimate CHF2200. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF1900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Leo IV the Khazar, with Constantine VI. 775-780. Solidus (Gold, 4.47 g 6), 776-778. LEOnVS SEgg CONSTAnTInOS O nES Crowned equal sized busts of Leo IV, bearded and on the left, and Constantine VI, beardless and on the right, facing and wearing chlamys; between their heads, cross and pellet. Rev. LEOn PAP’ COnSTAnTInOS PATHR Θ Crowned equal sized bearded busts of Leo III, on the left, and Constantine V, on the right, facing and wearing loros; between their heads, cross and pellet. DOC 1a. SB 1583. A very sharp and attractive piece. Some very slight traces of double striking, otherwise, good extremely fine.


Leo IV, known as the Khazar after his mother’s origin, was born in 750 and died from a fever (or from poison) after a short reign. His coins bear portraits of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather.