In 467, Vandal pirates raided, sacked and enslaved the people living in Illyricum, the and other parts of . In 468, Leo spent 64,000 pounds of gold (more than a year's revenue and bringing Leo near to bankruptcy) to assemble a fleet of over 1,100 ships carrying 100,000 men. During peace negotiations the Vandal Genseric used fire ships, filled with brushwood and pots of oil, to destroy 700 imperial galleys 45 miles from . The defeated General escaped back to Constantinople where he was forced to seek sanctuary in the of Hagia Sophia to escape the wrath of the people. gave him an imperial pardon, but banished him for 3 years to Sintica ( ).RL62189. Bronze AE 4,
RL60355. Copper AE 4, cf.
, 605, gVF, 4.458 g, maximum 21.1 mm, 180o, 8th , Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 462 - 466 A.D.; D N LEO PE-R PET AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted and facing, spear in right over shoulder, on left decorated with horseman; H ( of the three emperors, 8th ), standing half left, supporting long jeweled , right, in ; SOLD
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