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Byzantine Empire, Philippicus Bardanes, 4 November 711 - June 713 A.D.
Philippicus Bardanes was from a prominent Armenian family in Pergamum and a general of the Opsikion Theme army under Justinian II. While Justinian II ruled in a bloodthirsty frenzy of revenge, the Bulgars ravaged the empire right up to the city walls. Bardanes arrived at Constantinople with the army. But, instead of fighting the Bulgars he seized the throne. An ineffective ruler, Philippicus engaged in destructive internal religious disputes while the external threats grew and Bulgars and Arabs continued to raid Byzantine territory. In less than two years, he was deposed in a coup, blinded and exiled to a monastery.
BZ82676. Bronze follis
1460A, Hahn MIB
24, DOC II part
2,, -, Tolstoi
-, Morrisson BnF
-, F, ragged flan
3.824g, maximum diameter
19.7mm, die axis
, 4 Nov 711 - Jun 713 A.D.; obverse
Philippicus standing facing, wearing helmet and military attire, eagle-tipped scepter
in left hand, globus cruciger
in right hand; reverse
large M flanked by two stars, monogram
above, SCL in exergue
; very rare
Catalog current as of Saturday, May 25, 2019.
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