457-474 BC Gold Solidus Leo I

Leo I, Eastern Roman Emperor (AD 457-474). AV solidus (21mm, 4.49 gm, 6h). NGC Choice MS 4/5 - 5/5. Constantinople. Constantinople, 2nd officina, AD AD 462-466. D N LEO PE-RPET AVG, diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing, head slightly right, holding spear over right shoulder and shield on left shoulder with horseman motif / VICTORI-A AVCCC, Victory standing left, holding jeweled long cross; star to right; B//CONOB. RIC 605. Depeyrot 93/1. Crisply struck from fresh dies and lustrous. Gorgeous example.

Leo I (401 – 18 January 474) was an Eastern Roman Emperor from 457 to 474. A native of Dacia Aureliana near historic Thrace, he was known as Leo the Thracian. Ruling the Eastern Empire for nearly 20 years, Leo proved to be a capable ruler. He oversaw many ambitious political and military plans, aimed mostly for the aid of the faltering Western Roman Empire and recovering its former territories. He is notable for being the first Eastern Emperor to legislate in Greek rather than Latin. He is commemorated as a Saint in the Orthodox Church, with his feast day on January 20.


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