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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 267. Estimate CHF12000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF11000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Constantine VI & Irene. 780-797. Solidus (Gold, 4.47 g 6), 793-797. IRInH AΓOVSTI Bust of Irene facing, wearing crown with pinnacles and pendilia and loros, holding a cross on globe in her right hand and a cross-tipped scepter in her left. Rev. COnSTAnTInOS bAS’ Θ Beardless crowned bust of Constantine VI facing, wearing chlamys and holding cross on globe in his right hand and akakia in his left. DOC 3a. SB 1594. Rare. An extraordinarily fine piece of great beauty and freshness. Virtually as struck.

On this coin, struck shortly before Irene was temporarily ousted from power shows her in the dominant position on the obverse. The larger size of Irene’s portrait compared to that of Constantine’s again emphasizes her importance and power.