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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 VICTORI-A AVGGG I, Victory standing left, long jewelled cross in right, star in right field, CONOB in ex; 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, Victory advancing front, head left, holding wreath and globus cruciger, star in right field, CONOB in ex; very rare (R3); SOLD


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Obverse legends:

DNBASILISCVSPFAVG
DNBASILISCVSPPAV
DNBASILISCIETMARCIC
DNBASILISCIETMARCPAVG
DNBASILETMARPAVG
DNBASILISCIETMABSPAVG




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Roman Coins of Basiliscus