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Basil I, 26 May 866 - 28 August 886 A.D.

Joint rule as junior emperor with Michael III, 26 May 866 - 23 September 867 A.D.
Joint rule with Constantine (his son), 10 February 866 - 3 September 879 A.D.
Joint rule with Leo VI (his son), 6 January 870 - 28 August 886 A.D.
Joint rule with Alexander (his son), c. September 879 - 28 August 886 A.D.
Basil I, the Macedonian, cunningly befriended the emperor Michael III, "the Drunkard," assassinated the emperor's brother in law, and after convincing Michael to crown him co-emperor, killed Michael. Despite his unseemly start, Basil was an able emperor and founded a dynasty that would maintain a stable empire for almost two centuries.

Byzantine Empire, Basil I the Macedonian & Constantine, 10 February 868 - 3 September 879 A.D.

|Basil| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Basil| |I| |the| |Macedonian| |&| |Constantine,| |10| |February| |868| |-| |3| |September| |879| |A.D.||solidus|
Basil's favorite son, Constantine, depicted on this coin died 3 September 879. His death embittered Basil's last years.
SH53617. Gold solidus, DOC III-2 2; Wroth BMC 2-4; Tolstoi pl. 72, 3-4; Ratto 1858; Morrisson BnF 4-7; SBCV 1704, gVF, weight 4.358 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 868 - 879 A.D.; obverse IhS XPS REX REGNANTIUM *, Christ seated facing on lyre-backed throne, wearing nimbus cruciger, tunic and himation, right raised in blessing, Gospels in left; reverse bASILIOS ET COnSTAnT AUGG b, facing crowned busts of Basil I, with short beard in loros (on left), and Constantine, beardless in chlamys, both hold a long patriarchal cross between them; very scarce; SOLD



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