Browsing Byzantine Coinage of Irene



797-802 AD. Irene was the first woman in the history of the Empire who ruled in her own name. Despite reducing taxation and making generous gifts, she was removed following a palace revolution and exiled.
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DO_1cCfIrene. Sole reign. 797-802 AD, AV Solidus, Syracuse. Facing crowned bust of Irene holding cross on globe and sceptre surmounted by cross, dot in left field / Same type as obverse, but C to left, I to right. DO 1c var (field marks). Sear -;TextImage
SB 1599Irene. Sole reign. 797-802 AD, AV Solidus, Constantinople mint. EIRINH bASILISSH, crowned facing bust of Irene, holding cross on globe and sceptre surmounted by cross / dot EIRINH bASILISSH Q (or X), same bust type as obverse. DOC 1; BN 1-5; SB 1599.TextImage
SB 1600Irene. Sole reign. 797-802 AD, AE Follis. Constantinople mint. EIRENH bAS, crowned facing bust of Irene, wearing loros, holding cross on globe and sceptre surmounted by cross / Large M, XXX to left, cross above, NNN to right, A below. DOC 2; SB 1600.TextImage
See also: Irene in the Buerger Collection

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