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Flavius Basiliscus was brother of Verina, wife of the emperor Leo I. When Leo was succeeded by Zeno, Verina plotted in favor of her lover. Her scheme forced Zeno to flee Constantinople on 9 January 475, but instead her brother Basiliscus seized the throne. Basiliscus then angered Verina by executing her lover, angered religious leaders by supporting an unpopular sect, angered his leading generals by foolish decisions and angered the populace. After only 20 months, Zeno returned to Constantinople to retake his throne without a fight. Having promised not to shed Basiliscus' blood, after a year of exile in Cappadocia, Zeno executed Basiliscus and his family without bloodshed. They were starved to death.
SH37573. Gold solidus, RIC X 1003, aEF, weight 4.422 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse D N bASILI-CuS P P AVG, helmeted and diademed, cuirassedbust facing, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm d decorated with horseman trampling fallen foe; reverseVICTORIA AVGGG I (victory of the three emperors, 10th officina), Victory standing left, long jeweled cross in right, star in right field, CONOB in exergue; excellent styleex Munz-Handlung Ritter; rare; SOLD
SH10944. Gold tremissis, RIC X 1008, gVF, weight 1.479 g, maximum diameter 15.37 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse D N bASILI-CuS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reverseVICTORIA AVGVSTORVM (to the victory of the Emperor), Victory advancing front, head left, holding wreath and globus cruciger, star in right field, CONOB in exergue; very rare (R3); SOLD
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