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Roman Imperial: Leo I (457-474)


Leo I, AV Solidus, Probably 462 or 466, Constantinople, Officina 5
D N LEO PE_RPET AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmeted, draped, cuirassed bust facing, spear in right hand over right shoulder, shield decorated with horseman riding down enemy in left hand
VICTORI_A AVGGG E
Victory standing left, long jeweled cross in right hand
* in right field
CONOB in exergue
20mm x 21mm, 4.47g
RIC X, 605 (S)


Leo I, AV Solidus, Probably 462 or 466, Constantinople, Officina 5
D N LEO PE_RPET AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmeted, draped, cuirassed bust facing, spear in right hand over right shoulder, shield decorated with horseman riding down enemy in left hand
VICTORI_A AVGGG E
Victory standing left, long jeweled cross in right hand
* in right field
CONOB in exergue
19mm x 20mm, 4.48g
RIC X, 605 (S)


Leo I, AV Solidus, Probably 462 or 466, Constantinople, Officina 6
D N LEO PE_RPET AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmeted, draped, cuirassed bust facing, spear in right hand over right shoulder, shield decorated with horseman riding down enemy in left hand
VICTORI_A AVGGG S (retrograde officina)
Victory standing left, long jeweled cross in right hand
* in right field
CONOB in exergue
20mm, 4.47g
RIC X, 605 (S)


Leo I, AV Solidus, Probably 462 or 466, Constantinople, Officina 9
D N LEO PE_RPET AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmeted, draped, cuirassed bust facing, spear in right hand over right shoulder, shield decorated with horseman riding down enemy in left hand
VICTORI_A AVGGG Q
Victory standing left, long jeweled cross in right hand
* in right field
CONOB in exergue
21mm, 4.45g
RIC X, 605 (S)


Leo I, AV Solidus, Probably 462 or 466, Thessalonica
D N LEO PE_RPET AVG
Pearl-diademed, helmeted, draped, cuirassed bust facing, spear in right hand over right shoulder, shield decorated with horseman riding down enemy in left hand
VICTORI_A AVGGG
Victory standing left, long jeweled cross in right hand
* in right field
THSOB in exergue
20mm x 21mm, 4.24g
RIC X, 617 (R3)


Roman Imperial, Leo I, AE2, 457-474, Constantinople
D N LEO P_RPET AG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, small cross on top of diadem
SALVS R_PVRLICA
Emperor in military dress standing facing, head right, globe in left hand, labarum with Chi-Rho banner in right, left foot on captive standing at right and looking back
CON in exergue
20mm x 21mm, 4.02g
RIC X, 660 (R3)


Leo I, AE4, 457-474, Constantinople
D N LEO P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, cross above head
(No legend)
Lion standing left, head right
CON in exergue
10mm x 12mm, 1.15g
RIC X, 672 (R2)

Note: RIC lists only this one coin from the lion series without wreath, but describes the reverse with cross above lion


Leo I, AE4, c.468-473, Late Period, Thessalonica
D N LE_ON VG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
(No legend)
Monogram 1a, THS below, all in wreath
7mm x 9mm, 0.49g
RIC X, 681 (S)


Leo I, AE4, c.468-473, Late Period, Thessalonica
[D N LE_O]NS
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
(No legend)
Monogram 1b, THS below, all in wreath
9mm x 10mm, 1.07g
RIC X, -- (cf. RIC 681 for same with obverse legend D N LE_ON VG)

Note: RIC X does not attest any obverse legends for Leo I ending in NS. The most similar is D N LE_ONIS (L27).


Leo I, AE4, c.468-473, Late Period, Constantinople
D N LEOS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
(No legend)
Monogram 1a in wreath
CON in exergue
11mm x 13mm, 1.10g
RIC X, 688 (C)


Leo I, AE4, c.468-473, Late Period, Constantinople
D N LEOS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
(No legend)
Monogram 1a in wreath
CON in exergue
9mm x 11mm, 0.91g
RIC X, 688 (C)


Leo I, AE4, c.468-473, Late Period, Constantinople
D N LEOS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
(No legend)
Monogram 1a in wreath
CON in exergue
9mm x 10mm, 0.92g
RIC X, 688 (C)


Leo I, AE4, c.468-473, Late Period, Constantinople
D N LEOS P F AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
(No legend)
Monogram 1b in wreath
[CON] in exergue
9mm x 11mm, 1.22g
RIC X, 688 (C)


Leo I, AE4, c.468-473, Late Period, Uncertain Mint
D N LEO PERPET AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
(No legend)
Monogram 1a in wreath
? in exergue
8mm x 9mm, 0.80g
RIC X, 692 (R)


Leo I, AE4, c.468-473, Late Period, Uncertain Mint
D N LEO PERPET AVG
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
Monogram 2
L with slanted leg on left connected with diagonal line to E on right, O at top of L, S leaning right in upper margin
? in exergue
9mm, 0.83g
RIC X, 692 (R)


Leo I, AE4, 457-474, Uncertain Mint
D N LEO P F AVGO
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
(No legend)
Monogram 1b variant within wreath
Exergual mark off flan
9mm x 10mm, 0.98g
RIC X, 693 (R)

Note: Variant for lower leg of E on angle instead of horizontal


Leo I, AE4, 457-474, Uncertain Mint
D N LEO P F AVGO
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
(No legend)
Monogram 1b variant within wreath
Exergual mark off flan
8mm, 0.58g
RIC X, 693 (R)

Note: This may actually be an imitative piece. The monogram is unusually crudely executed, following the form for 1b type.


Leo I, AE4, 457-474, Constantinople
D N L_EO
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
(No legend)
Leo standing facing, long cross in right hand, left hand on head of kneeling captive
O in left field (corrupted star?)
CN in exergue
11mm x 12mm, 1.10g
RIC X, 703v (?) (C for type)

Note: RIC lists variety B of this reverse type as star in left field, however this specimen appears to have an "O" instead.


Leo I and Aelia Verina, AE4, 457-484, Constantinople
D N L_EO
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
b | E
Legend flanking standing figure of Aelia Verina facing, globus cruciger in right hand, transverse scepter in left
11mm x 13mm, 1.11g
RIC X, 714 (C2); Vagi 3798

Note: The b | E in the fields abbreviate the name of Aelia Verina, with the Greek beta replacing the Latin V.