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Basiliscus, January 475 - late August 476 A.D.

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. Mediterranean 476 AD


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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 PP AVG, helmeted and diademed, cuirassed bust facing, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm d decorated with horseman trampling fallen foe; reverse VICTORIA 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


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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 PP AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA 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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Flavius Basiliscus, brother of Verina the wife of Leo I, seized the throne from Zeno, who succeeded Leo. After only 20 months, Basiliscus' poor rule lost his supporters. Promising not to shed blood, Zeno retook the throne without a fight. Zeno kept his promise. After a short exile, Basiliscus and his family were executed without bloodshed. They were starved to death.
AS16438. Lead seal, VF, triple struck, some adhesions on gray patina, weight 40.767 g, maximum diameter 37.8 mm, die axis 0o, obverse helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust facing, holding spear; reverse monogram of Basiliscus and Marcus (triple struck); SOLD







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OBVERSE LEGENDS

DNBASILISCVSPFAVG
DNBASILISCVSPPAV
DNBASILISCIETMARCIC
DNBASILISCIETMARCPAVG
DNBASILETMARPAVG
DNBASILISCIETMABSPAVG


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Roman Coins of Basiliscus