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Byzantine Empire, Nicephorus Basilacius, Usurper, 1078 A.D.
After Michael VII was dethroned, General Nikephoros Basilakes waited at Thessalonica for Nikephoros III and Nikephoros Bryennios to battle for the throne, after which he intended to crush the exhausted victor and take the throne himself. General Alexios Komnenos, however, surprised and defeated Basilakes in a night attack eighteen miles from the city. Basilakes fled back to Thessalonica where he attempted to defend the city, but he was seized by his own soldiers and delivered to Nikephoros III who ordered that Basilakes be blinded.
SH60637. Bronze follis, DOC III part 2, 2c (Nicephorus Bryennius); SBCV 1890, VF, green patina with nice earthen highlighting, overstruck, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, weight 3.498g, maximum diameter 23.9mm, die axis 0o
, 1078 A.D.; obverse IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), facing bust of Christ, nimbus with cross ornamented with five pellets in each limb, wearing tunic and himation, right hand raised in blessing, scroll in left; reverse jeweled patriarchal cross set on base, each arm ends in three pellets, X at lower intersection, C - B / N - B (Σταυρε Bοηθει Nικηφορω Bασιλακη - May this cross aid victory for Basilacius) in quarters; extremely rare
Catalog current as of Thursday, July 18, 2019.
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