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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
) mint, weight
3.498g, maximum diameter
23.9mm, die axis
, 1078 A.D.; obverse IC - XC
(Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), facing bust
of Christ, nimbus
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
for Basilacius) in quarters; extremely rare
Catalog current as of Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
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