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Live auction - bby_624762 - BASIL I and CONSTANTINE Solidus

BASIL I and CONSTANTINE Solidus AU/MS
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Estimate : 1 500 €
Price : 1 300 €
Maximum bid : 1 450 €
End of the sale : 08 December 2020 15:43:44
bidders : 3 bidders
Type : Solidus
Date: 868-879
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1.000 ‰
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,45 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de toute beauté sur un flan bien centré des deux côtés. Revers magnifique, finement détaillé. Très beau Christ. Patine de collection
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire provenant de la vente Numismatik Naumann, Auktion 56, lot n°769

Obverse


Obverse legend : + IHS XPS REX -REGNANTIYM*.
Obverse description : Le Christ nimbé, vêtu du pallium et du colombium trônant de face, bénissant de la main droite et tenant les Évangiles de la gauche.
Obverse translation : (Jésus Christ roi des rois).

Reverse


Reverse legend : BASILIOS ET COHSTAHT AYGG' B'.
Reverse description : Bustes de Basile à gauche et de Constantin à droite de face, couronnés, vêtus pour le premier du loros, pour le second de la chlamyde, tenant ensemble la croix patriarcale.
Reverse translation : (Basile et Constantin augustes).

Historical background


BASIL I and CONSTANTINE

(10/02/868-3/09/879)

Basil is associated with the throne from May 26 866 by Michael III the Drunkard and became sole emperor after the murder. He reigns only one year, and associates to the throne in 868 his favorite son Constantine, who died in 879. Under the reign of Basil I, Syracuse fell to Islam and in 878, Sicily is permanently lost. The reign of Basil was a period of consolidation. The Emperor summoned all the legal works of Justinian best known as the Basilica. Basil died in a hunting accident.

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