Leo V

813-820

Leo came to the throne by way of exemplary military service under Nicephorus I and then Michael I. When the latter abandoned his post and title Leo was hailed as the new emperor. He then went on to ease tensions with the Bulgars with whom he was suspected of collaborating in an effort to depose Michael.

Leo was a great military leader and might have been a great political and civic one as well had he not sided with the iconoclasts who had by this time lost most of their support among the upper religious echelons as well as the public. His protege and friend Michael II sensed that the popularity polls were slipping and decided to distance himself from the emperor. As relations soured between the two a plot was revealed and Michael was imprisoned to be executed for treason. However, with a stroke of luck he managed to not only escape but arrange for an alternate plot to kill Leo and have it carried out the next day. As Leo went to church on Christmas day he was ambushed by Michael's gang who had disguised themselves as monks and was slain at the altar.

AU Solidus


SB 1627, DOC III 2 AU Solidus Obv: •LEOnbASILEU' - Crowned facing bust of Leo, holding cross potent and akakia.
Rev: COnSTAnT'dESP'(XE) - Crowned facing bust of Constantine, holding globus cruciger and akakia. (Constantinople). $900 5/21/03.


AU Semissis


SB 1632, DOC III 9 AU Semissis Obv: LEOnbASILEO - Crowned facing bust of Leo, holding globus cruciger and akakia; Λ to right.
Rev: COnSTAnTI - Crowned facing bust of Constantine, holding globus cruciger and akakia; K to right. (Syracuse).



SB 1632a, DOC III 12 AU Semissis Obv: LEnbASILU - Crowned facing bust of Leo, holding globus cruciger and akakia.
Rev: COnSTAnTIn - Crowned facing bust of Constantine, holding globus cruciger and akakia; cross to right. (Syracuse). $1,000 1/16/02.


AR Miliaresion


SB 1628, DOC III 4 AR Miliaresion Obv: IhSUSXRISTUSnICA - Cross potent on three steps.
Rev: +LEOn/SCONSTAn/TInEECθEU/bASILISRO/MAIOn - Legend in five lines. (Constantinople). $300 5/21/03.


AE Follis


SB 1629, DOC III 6 AE Follis Obv: LEONbASIL - Crowned and draped bust facing, holding cross potent and akakia.
Rev: Large M; cross above, XXX left, NNN right; A. 813 (Constantinople).



SB 1635 AE Follis Obv: LEO - Facing draped busts of Leo V and Constantine.
Rev: No legend - Large ΛK with cross above. $61 4/10/05.



SB 1636, DOC III 17 AE Follis Obv: LEO - Facing bust of Leo, wearing loros and holding cross potent.
Rev: KONCT - Facing bust of Constantine, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger. (Syracuse).



SB 1637, DOC III 18 AE Follis Obv: LEO - Facing bust of Leo, wearing loros and holding cross potent.
Rev: CONST - Facing bust of Constantine, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger. (Syracuse). $10 12/26/03.