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Aelia Verina, Augusta 7 February 457 - 484 A.D.

Verina was the highly ambitious and capable wife of Leo I. After the death of her husband she continued to exercise great influence in the governing of the Empire. She was responsible for inciting two failed rebellions against Zeno, by her brother Basiliscus in 475 - 476 and then by Leontius in 484 - 488. She died while under siege at the fortress of Cherris in Isauria, in 484 A.D.


Leo I and Verina, 7 February 457 - 18 January 474 A.D.

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Verina was the highly ambitious and capable wife of Emperor Leo I. After the death of her husband she continued to exercise great influence in the governing of the Empire. She was responsible for inciting two failed rebellions against Zeno, first by her brother Basiliscus in 475 - 476 A.D and then by Leontius in 484 - 488 A.D. She died at the fortress of Cherris in 484 A.D.
RL60348. Bronze AE 4, RIC X 713 - 718, aVF, weight 0.763 g, maximum diameter 10.0 mm, die axis 0o, obverse [D N] LEO, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Empress Verina standing facing holding cross on globe and transverse scepter, b - E across fields; scarce; $45.00 (40.05)


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Verina was the highly ambitious and capable wife of Emperor Leo I. After the death of her husband she continued to exercise great influence in the governing of the Empire. She was responsible for inciting two failed rebellions against Zeno, first by her brother Basiliscus in 475 - 476 A.D and then by Leontius in 484 - 488 A.D. She died at the fortress of Cherris in 484 A.D.
SH06901. Gold tremissis, RIC X 614, SBCV 4344, gVF, weight 1.47 g, maximum diameter 14.8 mm, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse AEL VERINA AVG, diademed, draped bust right; reverse cross in wreath, CONOB in exergue; ex Harlan Berk; very rare (R2); SOLD


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Verina was the highly ambitious and capable wife of Leo I. After the death of her husband she continued to exercise great influence in the governing of the Empire. She was responsible for inciting two failed rebellions against Zeno, by her brother Basiliscus in 475 - 476 and then by Leontius in 484 - 488. She died while under siege at the fortress of Cherris in Isauria, in 484 A.D.
SH67607. Bronze AE 2, RIC X 655 var., LRBC 2253 var. (reverse legend is normally SALVS REI-PVBLICAE), F, open flan crack, weight 3.240 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse AEL VERINA AVG, draped bust right; reverse SALV REI-PVBLICAE (sic), Victory seated right, holding shield inscribed chi-rho on cippus, CONE in exergue; very rare; SOLD







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