Irene, Sole Reign, AV Solidus. Syracuse, circa AD 797-802. VERY RARE

Ancient Coins - Irene, Sole Reign, AV Solidus. Syracuse, circa AD 797-802.  VERY RARE
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Irene, Sole Reign, AV Solidus. Syracuse, circa AD 797-802. IREN BASIL, facing crowned bust of Irene wearing loros, holding globus cruciger in right hand and cruciform sceptre in left, pellet in outer left field / IREBASILIS, same type as obverse, but C in field left, I in right. DOC –; Spahr –; Sear –; D’Andrea, Faranda, Vichi 240; Anastasi 455. 3.79g, 20mm, 6h. Extremely Fine. Extremely Rare.
 
The powerful personality of Irene had always overshadowed that of her son Constantine, and only an army mutiny had prevented her from taking power as senior Augustus in 790. After a short period in exile, she returned to Constantinople and began to eliminate her enemies, including her son: by 797 she had discredited him to the point that she could have him deposed, blinded and murdered with little outcry. From this point, she reigned alone. Struck after 797, this solidus from the mint at Syracuse shows one of two known types depicting Irene on both the obverse and reverse, and marks a distinct shift from the types of her predecessors. Gone is the cross-on-steps reverse type, or figures of deceased members of the dynasty, to be replaced by two facing busts of Irene. Here we have Irene proclaiming herself Empress and sole ruler in the most public way possible. However, after just five years on the throne she herself was deposed and replaced by her Minister of Finance, Nicephorus.
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