IRENE GOLD SOLIDUS – ATTRACTIVE SOLE REIGN ISSUE WITH DOUBLE PORTRAITS OF IRENE -CHOICE AU NGC GRADED BYZANTINE COIN (Inv. 16815)
BYZANTINE EMPIRE. IRENE, AD 797-802.
Gold Solidus, 4.44 g, 20 mm. Issue of Constantinople.
Obv. ЄIPINH ЬASILISSH, bust of Irene facing, wearing crown with pendilia, loros, holding globus cruciger and scepter with cross. Rev. ЄIPINH ЬASILISSH Θ, bust of Irene as on obverse.
NGC graded CHOICE AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, a coin struck during Irene’s sole reign, the first instance in the Byzantine empire when a woman had complete imperial power. Her short reign lasted five years, after which the empress lost support and was exiled.
Published: Vilmar Numismatics, Fixed Price List I, lot 134.
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