Fall and End of the Roman Empire! Odoacer. 476-491. King of Italy. Medialum (Milan), Italy. Silver Half siliqua. 0.76g. Choice VF to EF. Extremely rare. Obv: Bust of Byzantine Emperor Zeno. "N Zeno Perp Avg" Rev: Eagle with spread wings beneath cross. An extremely rare silver half siliqua issued by Odoacer in the name of Emperor Zeno. Odoacer was a Teutonic Germanic "barbarian" leader who overthrew the last Roman Emperor Augustus Romulus in September 476AD. Whilst Rome was already severely weakened by years of internal decline and invasions from foreign barbarians such as the Vandals and Goths, it was until the proclamation of Odoacer as King of Italy and his deposition of Romulus which officially ended the Roman Empire to the west. This was one of Western History's most significant events which heralded the medieval period and the dark ages in Europe. As King of Italy, he symbolically claimed allegiance to then Emperor Zeno in the East and obtained support of the Roman Senate. However he ruled pretty much independently and autonomously in his Kingdom of Italy which were once the heartland of Rome. Eventually Zeno saw him as a rival and plotted with the Ostrogoths under Theoderic to defeat Odoacer. Theoderics army delivered many victories against Odoacer. Odoacer was eventually killed by Theoderic himself during an assassination plot where Odoacer was deceived to a truce banquet with Theoderic. Coins issued by Odoacer are very rare. Surprisingly, his silver coinage such as this siliqua are significantly rarer than gold issues. Except for 1 unique specimen now held in the British museum, all coins were issued under the name of Zeno or his monogram.