Leo VI the Wise. 886-912. Solidus (Gold, 4.31 g 7), ca. 900-912. +MARIA+ Veiled bust of the Virgin facing, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; to left and right, ΜΗR and Θu Rev. LEOn En Χ.ω bASILEu S ROmωn Elaborate facing bust of Leo VI with long beard, and wearing a crown with a cross composed of four pellets, and a chlamys with tablion; holding globe surmounted by a patriarchal cross in his right hand. DOC 1a. SB1723. Extremely rare. An attractive an clear example. Some minor marks and edge bangs, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
From an important collection of Byzantine coins, Sincona 3, 25 October 2011, 3501 and ex Leu 77, 12 May 2000, 876, Peus 268, 24 April 1968, 392.