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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 nearly complete inscription, among the best of all the specimens known to Forum.
SH87639. 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, near complete inscription with at least part of each letter visible
, crude, overstruck
with severe undertype
effects, bumps, scratches, corrosion, Thessalonica
) mint, weight
5.607g, maximum diameter
29.6mm, die axis
, summer 1078 A.D.; obverse
+NIKHΦO-POC BACΛE, 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; barred IC - XC
(Jesus Christ conquers) in the quarters; among the best examples known to Forum of this extremely rare and always crude overstruck type!
; extremely rare
Catalog current as of Monday, March 25, 2019.
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