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Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |Isaurian Dynasty| > |Nicephorus I| > BZ80451
Byzantine Empire, Nicephorus I and Stauracius, Joint Rule December 803 - 25 July 811 A.D.
Nicephorus, the logothete (lord high treasurer) under Empress Irene, gained rule in a palace coup. At the Battle of Pliska, the Bulgarian Khan, Krum, surprised and slew Nicephorus along with a large portion of the Byzantine army. Krum is said to have made a drinking-cup of Nicephorus' skull. Stauracius escaped the battle to Constantinople but was mortally wounded. He surrendered his throne to his brother-in-law, retired to a monastery, and died soon after.
BZ80451. Bronze follis, Anastasi 473; DOC III part 1, 11; Ratto 1763 (Constantine V); SBCV 1613; Sommer 27.6; Wroth BMC -; Tolstoi -, VF, flat areas, ragged flan, Syracuse mint, weight 2.878g, maximum diameter 20.9mm, die axis 180o, Dec 803 - 25 Jul 811 A.D.; obverse bust of Nicephorus facing, wearing crown and chlamys, cross potent in right hand, N left, ∆ / E / C right; reverse facing bust of Stauracius, wearing crown and chlamys, globus cruciger in right hand, C T A right; scarce; SOLD










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