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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Byzantine Coins| ▸ |Macedonian Dynasty| ▸ |Basil I||View Options:  |  |  | 

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 Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class A2, Basil II & Constantine VIII, 976 - 1025 A.D.

|Anonymous| |Folles|, |Byzantine| |Anonymous| |Follis| |of| |Christ,| |Class| |A2,| |Basil| |II| |&| |Constantine| |VIII,| |976| |-| |1025| |A.D.||anonymous| |follis|NEW
This is a new ornaments variety, which we have just added to NumisWiki. It is a variation of Grierson 30, but this coin has two pellets vice three in each arm of the nimbus cruciger and this coin has a pellet in square on the book vice and ordinary pellet. Both this coin and BZ93547, received together from the Errett Bishop Collection, share this ornaments variety.
BZ93549. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ class A2; Grierson-NumisWiki ornaments 30b; DOC III-2 A2.16a; SBCV 1813; Sommer 40.2.1, aVF, areas unstruck, weight 14.249 g, maximum diameter 32.86 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 976 - 1025 AD; obverse + EMMANOVHΛ (romanized Hebrew - God is with us), facing bust of Christ, wears nimbus cruciger ornamented with two pellets in each limb of cross, pallium, and colobium, Gospels in both hands, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsos Xrists - Jesus Christ) across field; reverse IhSuS / XRISTuS / bASILEu / bASILE (Greek: Jesus Christ King of Kings), ornaments above and below inscription; from the Errett Bishop Collection; new previously unknown ornaments variety; rare; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00


Byzantine Empire, Basil I, Constantine & Leo VI, 6 January 870 - 3 September 879 A.D.

|Basil| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Basil| |I,| |Constantine| |&| |Leo| |VI,| |6| |January| |870| |-| |3| |September| |879| |A.D.||follis|NEW
Basil I, the Macedonian, was born a simple peasant and rose in the Imperial court. He 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 humble origins, Basil was an able emperor and founded a dynasty that would maintain a stable empire for almost two centuries.
BZ99033. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 10d; Wroth BMC 24; Morrisson BnF 34/Cp/AE/19; Sommer 33.8; SBCV 1713; Tolstoi -; Ratto -, VF, well centered, brown tone, porous/light corrosion, weight 5.995 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 870 - 879 A.D.; obverse + LEON bASIL' - CONZ AVGG (cross on crown divides inscription), facing half-length figures of Basil (center), Leo (left) and Constantine (right), Basil wears crown with cross and loros, sons each wear crown with cross and chlamys; reverse + bASIL / CONSZAn/Z S LEOn En / ΘO bASILS / ROmEOn in five lines, star below; scarce; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


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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