Leo was a Thracian soldier who gained enough clout fighting for the armies of Marcian that upon his death he was able to secure the throne. Leo mounted only one major military campaign and it was against the Vandals in Northern Africa. The naval invasion fleet was decimated by the forces of Gaiseric and the unfavorable conclusion of this battle marks the final Roman attempt to recover this key region. The rest of Leo's career was taken up handling the blessing and vetoing of the many puppet emperors during the last years of the West as well as handling various other foreign and domestic matters. Many of Leo's reign was weakened if not outright dominated by several military leaders. He died in 474 of advanced age and was succeeded by his son Leo II.
RIC 630 Solidus Obv: DNLEOPERPETAVG, diademed and helmeted three-quarter facing bust, holding spear over right shoulder and shield with horseman motif on left arm
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG, Victory standing left, holding long voided cross; star in right field. Lot sold fpr $330 4/1/2001.
RIC 611, Vagi 3785 Tremissis Obv: DNLEOPERPETAVG, Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGVSTORVM Exe: CONOB, Victory standing left, holding long voided cross; star in right field. Lot sold for $158 3/11/02.
RIC 648v Light Miliarense Obv: DNLEOPERPETAVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left.
Rev: GLORIAROMANORVM Exe: */CON; Emperor standing, holding globe.
RIC 648v Siliqua Obv: DNLEOPERPETAVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SAL/RHI/PVI; Legend within wreath.
RIC 657 AE3 Obv: DNLEOPERPETAVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: SALVSRPVBLICA Exe: CON, Leo standing right, holding labarum and globe, spurning bound captive. Lot sold for $475 1/16/02.
RIC 674 AE4 Obv: DNLEO; Diademed, draped bust right.
Rev: No legend Exe: CON; Leo's monogram