LEO V THE ARMENIAN BRONZE FOLLIS___813-820 AD___Syracuse Sicily Mint___BYZANTINE

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A BEAUTIFUL BRONZE FOLLIS OF LEO V FROM 813 – 820 AD. MINTED IN SYRACUSE SICILY.

THE SIZE IS 18.4 MM AND 2.11 GRAMS.

Sear 1636

OBVERSE – Facing bust of Leo with short beard, wearing crown and loros, and holding cross potent

REVERSE – Facing bust of Constantine V, beardless, wearing crown and chlamys, and holding globe cruciform

Leo V the Armenian was emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 813 to 820. A senior general, he forced his predecessor, Michael I Rangabe, to abdicate and assumed the throne. He ended the decade-long war with the Bulgars, and initiated the second period of Byzantine Iconoclasm. He was assassinated by supporters of Michael the Amorian, one of his most trusted generals, who succeeded him on the throne.

Leo was the son of the patrician Bardas, who was of Armenian descent (according to a later source, Leo was also of Assyrian descent). Leo served in 803 under the rebel general Bardanes Tourkos, whom he deserted in favor of Emperor Nikephoros I. The emperor rewarded Leo with two palaces, but later exiled him for marrying the daughter of another rebel, the patrician Arsaber. On the other hand, a contemporary source says that one general Leo of the Armeniakon theme was punished for his humiliating defeat by the Arabs during which he also

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