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602010
Sale: CNG 60, Lot: 2010. Estimate $750. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 22 May 2002. 
Sold For $680. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LEO III, the Isaurian, with CONSTANTINE V. 720-741 AD. AV Solidus (4.41 gm). Struck circa 737-741 AD. Constantinople mint. Crowned facing bust of Leo, holding globus cruciger and akakia / Crowned facing bust of Constantine, holding globus cruciger and akakia. DOC III 7g; SB 1504. EF. ($750)

Leo III promoted the iconoclasts, a group which believed that adoration of icons and other physical representations of religious subjects was wrong. To enforce their beliefs, the iconoclasts destroyed many works of art during their tenure.