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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 266. Estimate CHF6000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF6000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Constantine VI & Irene. 780-797. Solidus (Gold, 4.38 g 6), 790-792. d COnSTAnTInOS C A S IR’ Crowned facing busts of Constantine VI, beardless and smaller, on the left, wearing chlalmys, and Irene, larger and on the right, wearing loros and holding cross tiped scepter; between their heads, cross and pellet. Rev. SVnIRI nI AVΓ MITHR Figures of Constantine V, Leo III and Leo IV seated facing, all crowned and wearing chlamys. DOC 2 var. SB 1591. Very rare. Remarkably well centered and with an extensively readable legend. Nearly extremely fine.

On this coin, later than the earlier piece, Constantine, who was about 20, is shown as being smaller than his mother; a subtle hint at power relationships!