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Byzantine Empire, Nicephorus Basilacius, Usurper, Summer 1078 A.D. (Anonymous Class N Follis)
Until 1976 this type was regarded as anonymous (Class N) because neither of the two known specimens had a visible legend. In 1976, Grierson published a new specimen with a legend naming the ruler, Nicephorus (Grierson, P. "Nicephorus Bryennius or Nicephorus Basilacius?" in NumCirc LXXXIV.1 (January 1976), type a). There were two candidates, Nicephorus Bryennius and Nicephorus Basilacius, both usurpers, Bryennius in 1077 - 1078, and Basilacius in Thessalonica for a few months during 1078. In 1992, Roger Bland published an example with the legend on the obverse right side reading POCBAC, which has been accepted as proving this type was struck by Basilacius (Bland, R. "A Follis of Nicephorus Basilacius?" NC 1992, p. 175 ff. and pl. 36, B). Our coin has a different more complete but blundered and obscure inscription on the obverse right side.
SH76553. Bronze follis
, DOC III part
2, p. 706, N.1 (anonymous class N follis
); Grierson 1976
a; Bland Basilacius
pl. 36, B; SBCV
58.1, VF, uneven strike
as always for the type
(some of the type
on class D and E anonymous folles
) mint, weight
5.047g, maximum diameter
26.8mm, die axis
, summer 1078 A.D.; obverse
[+NIKHΦW-PO]C BACI(ΛK?)E (a new legend variation!
), facing bust
of Christ, nimbus cross
with plain arms, wearing tunic and himation
, right hand raised in blessing, Gospels in left, IC
flanking across field
; reverse patriarchal cross
on base; IC
(Jesus Christ conquers) in the quarters; extremely rare
Catalog current as of Sunday, May 19, 2019.
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