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Sale: CNG 61, Lot: 2269. Estimate $1500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2002. 
Sold For $2350. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CONSTANTINE VI and IRENE. 780-797 AD. AV Solidus (4.31 gm). Struck 790-792 AD. Constantinople mint. CONSTANTINS CA', crowned busts of Constantine VI, holding globus, and Irene, holding sceptre / SV IRIN I AG¢ M' AVTOV, Leo III, Constantine V and Leo IV enthroned. DOC III 2; BN 1-2; SB 1591. Good VF, slight obverse weakness. ($1500)

This 'pedigree' coin offers portraits of the entire Isaurian dynasty, its founder, General Leo III, his equally able son Constantine V, his grandson Leo IV with his wife Irene and their hapless son Constantine VI.