The coronation of the young Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus as Byzantine co-emperor in 908 from a 12th or 13th century illuminated manuscript known as the Madrid Scylitzes which chronicles the reigns of Byzantine emperors from the death of Nicephorus I in AD 811 to Michael VI in 1057. Constantine VII is called Porphyrogenitus on my latest coin, struck in Constantinople. "Born in the Purple", emphasizes his legitimacy. He was the illegitimate child of Leo VI however, his mother gave birth to him in the Purple Room of the imperial palace. Leo VI did marry Zoe after the birth of Constantine - but as his 4th marriage, this marriage was also of questionable legitimacy. Miliaresion This is the only coin to explicitly use this moniker (ΠORFVROG on line 2 of the reverse) and this is the first time this appears on any Byzantine coin. This coin is a silver miliaresion from the "period VIII" defined by Wroth in the British Museum Collection as April AD 945- November AD 949. History There is a long calendar of events from his reign, very nicely and read-ably documented in the DOC reference. There is also an interesting coin from Constantine VII overstruck on Romanus I from @Valentinian in a related CT post. Constantine is known as an accomplished ruler, an important scholar and a patron of literature and art. Several of his works are available to read on Archive.org. His rule ends with his death of natural causes in Nov 959. Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, with son Romanus II. 913-959, AR Miliaresion, Constantinople mint. Struck 945-959 Obv: IESuS xRIStVS nIcA, Cross-crosslet set on three steps; globus below Rev:+ COҺST’ τ’/ ΠORFVROG,/ CЄ ROmAҺO/ ЄҺ X’ω EVSEЬ’/ Ь’ RωmEOҺ in five lines Obv Translation: Jesus Christ Victor Rev Translation: Constantine Porphyrogenitus, Romanus, by the grace of Christ, Pius, Emperors of the Romans While DOC is unequivocal:“The small lettering and the redesigned cross on the reverse make it clear that they belong to the period of Romanus II, not that of Romanus I” I am surprised that all the CNG coins of this type (e.g. this one) are listed as Romanus I - I usually trust CNG attributions, so it does make me wonder if there is more recent information or some controversy here? As always, interested in any corrections, additions, or other information related to this coin or the history of its time. For those interested, I have a longer article on my blog site. Note: the full text of the Madrid Skylitzes manuscript that accompanies the illustrations shown is available at archive.org: Wortley, J. (2010). John Skylitzes: A Synopsis of Byzantine History, 811–1057: Translation and Notes, Cambridge University Press. Post your miliaresia, coins of Constantine VII, Leo VI, Alexander, Romanus I or II and any others from this time period, or anything else you find interesting or entertaining.