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Aelia Zenonis, Augusta, 475 - late August 476 A.D.
Aelia Zenonis, probably of Isaurian origin, was the wife of Basiliscus, usurper of the Eastern throne. After only 20 months, Zeno returned to Constantinople to retake his throne without a fight by promising not to shed Basiliscus' blood. After a year of exile in Cappadocia, Zeno executed Basiliscus and his family without bloodshed. They were starved to death.
SH81204. Bronze nummus, RIC X 1017 variant, VF, weight 0.626 g, maximum diameter 8.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey)(?) mint, 475 - 476 A.D.; obverse A ZENONIS, diademed and draped bust of Zenonis right; reverse variant of Zenonis' monogram (O separated from the main design); exceptional quality for the type; a specimen of same grade but better centering, normal monogram, sold for $2750 plus fees in CNG 73; extremely rare; SOLD
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