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Zeno, 18 January - 17 November 474 and August 476 - 11 April 491 A.D.
Zeno the Isaurian, was originally named Tarasis Kodisa Rousombladadiotes. The Isaurians were a people who lived inland from the Mediterranean coast of Anatolia, in the core of the Taurus Mountains. They were looked upon as barbarians by the Romans, however, being Orthodox Christians rather than Arians, as the Goths and other Germanic tribes were, they were not formally barred from the throne. Zeno married Ariadne, daughter of Leo I and Verina. To make himself more acceptable to the Roman hierarchy and the population of Constantinople, Tarasis adopted the Greek name of Zeno and used it for the rest of his life.
SH26063. Gold solidus
, RIC X
930 (pearl diadem, no jewel), DOCLR
629 var. (4th officina
108/1, SRCV V
EF, bold strike with sharp
dies and nice centering - very attractive coin!, 6th officina
, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight
4.307g, maximum diameter
19.1mm, die axis
, second reign; obverse
D N ZENO PERP
AVG, helmeted bust
facing, pearl diademed, cuirassed
, spear in right over shoulder, shield
on left arm decorated with horseman riding down enemy; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG
of the three emperors, 6th officina
standing left, long jeweled cross
in right, star
Catalog current as of Monday, May 20, 2019.
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