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Nicephorus I, 1 November 802 - 25 July 811 A.D.

Joint rule with Stauracius (his son), December 803 - 25 July 811 A.D.
Logothete (lord high treasurer) under Empress Irene, Nicephorus gained rule in a palace coup. At the Battle of Pliska, the Bulgarian Khan, Krum, surprised and slew Nicephorus along with a large portion of the Byzantine army. Krum is said to have made a drinking-cup of Nicephorus' skull.


Byzantine Empire, Nicephorus I and Stauracius, December 803 - 25 July 811 A.D.

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Nicephorus, the logothete (lord high treasurer) under Empress Irene, gained rule in a palace coup. At the Battle of Pliska, the Bulgarian Khan, Krum, surprised and slew Nicephorus along with a large portion of the Byzantine army. Krum is said to have made a drinking-cup of Nicephorus' skull. Stauracius escaped the battle to Constantinople but was mortally wounded. He surrendered his throne to his brother-in-law, retired to a monastery, and died soon after.
BZ83062. Bronze follis, Anastasi 464; DOC III, part 1, 10; Wroth BMC 13; Tolstoi 16; Ratto 1787; SBCV 1612; Sommer 27.5, gVF, weight 2.882 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, Dec 803 - 25 Jul 811 A.D.; obverse bust of Nicephorus facing, wearing crown and loros, cross potent in right, N left, I / K / H right; reverse facing bust of Stauracius, wearing crown and chlamys, holding globus cruciger, C left, T / A / V right; extraordinarily nice for the type; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Nicephorus I and Stauracius, Joint Rule December 803 - 25 July 811 A.D.

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Nicephorus, the logothete (lord high treasurer) under Empress Irene, gained rule in a palace coup. At the Battle of Pliska, the Bulgarian Khan, Krum, surprised and slew Nicephorus along with a large portion of the Byzantine army. Krum is said to have made a drinking-cup of Nicephorus' skull. Stauracius escaped the battle to Constantinople but was mortally wounded. He surrendered his throne to his brother-in-law, retired to a monastery, and died soon after.
BZ80451. Bronze follis, Anastasi 473; DOC III, part 1, 11; Ratto 1763 (Constantine V); SBCV 1613; Sommer 27.6; Wroth BMC -; Tolstoi -, VF, flat areas, ragged flan, weight 2.878 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, Dec 803 - 25 Jul 811 A.D.; obverse bust of Nicephorus facing, wearing crown and chlamys, cross potent in right hand, N left, ∆ / E / C right; reverse facing bust of Stauracius, wearing crown and chlamys, globus cruciger in right hand, C T A right; scarce; SOLD







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