Basiliscus

475 - 476 A.D.

History remembers Basiliscus in an unfavorable light for his biggest accomplishment seems to have been the annihilation of a large fleet sent to deal with the Vandals of Northern Africa. That fleet was under his command and only through his powerful connections did he avoid being executed for the military blunder. Instead, through luck and lack of more able leaders, the Senate ratified him as the Eastern emperor in 475. Here his lackluster performance carried over in the form of passing law after unpopular law which seemed to alienate everyone who could've been in a position to help him. Years before, a series of plots engineered by the ranking elite in Constantinople forced the then-emperor Zeno to flee. Now the very same people who did this were recalling the former emperor back in light of the gross mismanagement of Basiliscus. One by one his supporters switched sides to Zeno. Basiliscus did what he could to appease his dwindling support net but it was a day late and a dollar short. In 476 Zeno returned to Constantinople, captured Basiliscus and sent him and his whole family off to an island where they were executed by starvation.

Solidus

RIC 1003 Solidus Obv: DNbASILISCVSPPAVG, diademed and helmeted three-quarter facing bust, holding spear over right shoulder and shield with horseman motif on left arm.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGG Exe: CONOB, Victory standing left, holding long voided cross; star in right field. Lot sold for $850 4/1/01.


AE4

RIC 1034 AE4 Obv: DNbASILETMARPAVG; Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: No legend Exe: CVZ; Monogram of Basiliscus and Marcus. Lot sold for $525 9/19/01.