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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |Isaurian Dynasty| > |Nicephorus I| > SH83915
Byzantine Empire, Nicephorus I and Stauracius, December 803 - 25 July 811 A.D.
|Nicephorus| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Nicephorus| |I| |and| |Stauracius,| |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.
SH83915. Gold solidus, DOC III part 1, 2c.2; Wroth BMC 8; Tolstoi 9; Ratto 1786; Berk Gold 238; Sommer 27.1; SBCV 1604, EF, lustrous, well centered on a tight flan, 10th officina, Constantinople mint, weight 4.349g, maximum diameter 20.1mm, die axis 180o, 803 - 811 A.D.; obverse hICI-FOROS bASILE', bearded facing bust of Nicephorus, wearing chlamys and cross with crown, cross potent on base in right hand, akakia in left hand, no pellet left; reverse STAVRA-CIS dESPO' X, unbearded facing bust of Stauracius, wearing chlamys and cross with crown, globus cruciger in right hand, akakia in left hand; from the Robert Watcher Collection, ex Heritage CICF auction (Chicago, Apr 2013), lot 3024 ($940 plus fees); scarce; SOLD










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