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brm_881954 - ZENO Semissis

ZENO Semissis XF
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Item sold on our e-shop (2024)
Price : 600.00 €
Type : Semissis
Date: c. 476-491
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : gold
Diameter : 17 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,04 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Joli revers. Buste agréable. Patine de collection
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : D N ZENO - PERP AVG.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé, drapé, et cuirassé de Zénon à droite, vu de trois quarts en avant (A’a) ; diadème perlé.
Obverse translation : “Dominus Noster Zeno Perpetuus Augustus” (Notre seigneur Zénon perpétuel auguste).


Reverse legend : VICTORIA AVGGG/ -|*//CONOB.
Reverse description : Victoria (la Victoire) nue jusqu’à la ceinture, assise à droite, tenant un bouclier sur ses genoux, sur lequel est inscrit : XXXV ; une petite cuirasse derrière elle ; étoile à huit rais dans le champ à gauche ; dans le champ inférieur à droite, un chrisme.
Reverse translation : “Victoria Augustorum” (La Victoire des augustes).

Historical background



Second part of reign

Zeno married Ariadne, the daughter of Leo I, around 466. Their son, Leo II, succeeded his grandfather in 474. In fact, it was Zeno who assumed power from February 9 as emperor, before Leo II died on November 17, 474. The following year, he had to face the revolt of Basiliscus and flee Constantinople. Having eliminated Basiliscus and his son in 476, he returned to the capital. A second revolt broke out in 484 with Léonce. It lasts four years. Zeno, hated, died of an epileptic fit in 491. His wife Ariadne married Anastasius.

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