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Constantine VII and Romanos II, 913-959 AD
Solidus , Conatantine VII was a renowned scholar and author responsible for the publishing of four descriptive books, De Administrando Imperio, De Ceremoniis, De Thematibus and Vita Basilii.
Constantine VII Porphyrogenitos (the Purple-born) September 2, 905 – November 9, 959 was the illigitemate son of the Byzantine emperor Leo VI and his fourth wife Zoe Karbonopsina. Despite not being wed to the emperor at the time Zoe was allowed to give birth in the quarters was decorated by the volcanic stone porphyry. “The purple room” was normally reserved for the birthing of the legitimate children of reigning emperors. Elevated to the throne at two his father and uncle Alexander on May 15, 908. After the death of his father in 912 uncle Alexander in 913 he succeeded to the throne at the age of seven, under the regency of the Patriarch Nicholas Mystikos. His regent was presently forced to make peace with Symeon of Bulgaria, whom was reluctantly recognized as Bulgarian emperor. Eventually Romanos Lecapnus, the fleet commander took over the regency while Constantine VII married Romanus’ daughter Helena.The son’s of Romanus Stephen and Constantine plotted to depose Romanos I Lacapenus. The legitimate emperor Constantine VII found the opportunity to overthrow the younger Lacapeni before they had a chance to attack him and succeeded to finally become emperor in his fortieth year. Constantine VII died at Constantinople in November 959 and was succeeded by his son Romanos II. Obverse nimbate Christ facing, wearing nimbus cross (with three pellets in each limb of cross), pallium, colobium while raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in left hand. +IhS XPS REX REGNANTIUM. Reverse busts of Constantine VII, with short beard (on left) and his son Romanus II beardless (on right), both crowned and holding between them long patriarchal cross; Constantine is wearing a loros while his son wears a chlamys.
Mint: Constantinople
Provenance: Private acqusition *

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