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BASIL I THE MACEDONIAN with CONSTANTINE (867-886). GOLD Solidus. Constantinople.
Obv: + IҺS XPS RЄX RЄGNANTIЧM ✷.
Christ Pantokrator seated facing on throne.
Rev: ЬASILIOS ЄT COҺSTAҺT AЧGG Ь.
Crowned facing busts of Basil and Constantine, holding between them a patriarchal cross.
Condition: Extremely fine.
Weight: 4.42 g.
Diameter: 19 mm.
Alexius III was a corrupt and ineffective leader, who plundered the empire for taxes and ever trying to advance the social standing of himself and his wife. He fled Constantinople in 1203, after a siege by the forces of the Fourth Crusade.
Alexius III 1195-1203 AD. AE Trachy. Constantinople. KE ROHQEI around, IC-XC to left and right of nimbate bust of Christ facing, right hand raised, holding scroll in left / ALEZIW DECP TW KOMNHNW, theta-WL to right, Alexius, crowned, and St Constantine, nimbate, each wearing divitision and loros, each holding a labarum and the two holding a patriarchal cross on globe between them. SB 2013, BMC 20ff.