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Alexander, 870–913
Solidus c 912-913 AD
Alexander (Alexander III) was the third son of Emperor Basil I and Eudokia Ingerina and briefly ruled as Emperor of the Byzantine Empire between 912-913. Initially he was crowned co-emperor by his father along with his brother Leo VI but was a pleasure seeking individual with no interest in running the empire. When Leo died on May 11, 912 Alexander succeeded as senior emperor alongside Leo's young son Constantine VII. His only significant administrative action was to deny tribute to Symeon of Bulgaria creating a hornet’s nest. He escaped the consequences as he died June 6th 913. Obverse bearded Christ seated on wide lyre-backed throne, wearing tunic and himation, His right hand raised and blessing with a book resting on left knee + IhS XRS REX - REGnAnTIUM. Reverse bearded Alexander is wearing crown with cross and loros with fringed end passing over right arm and ornamented by +, in right hand globus cruciger; left hand while tunic and himation baring bearded, bareheaded, and barefooted St. Alexander is placing a crown on head of Alexander with right hand and holding cross in his left +ALEXAnd - ROS AUGUSTOS ROM. Courtesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions, LLC
Mint: Constantinople
Provenance: Courtesy Gemini Numismatic Auctions, LLC

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