Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.
Joint rule with Theodosius (his son), 29 March 590 - 22 November 602 A.D.Maurice Tiberius, a successful general, was selected by Tiberius II Constantine as his successor. Although he achieved a favorable peace in Persia and was able to stem the losses of territory in Italy and Africa, much of the Balkans were lost. Focas, a junior officer, led a military revolt against Maurice and was declared emperor in November 602. Maurice and Theodosius, his son and co-emperor, were captured and murdered.
In 594, the Slavs invaded Moesia and Macedonia. The towns of Aquis, Scupi and Zaldapa in Dobruja were destroyed. In 595, a Byzantine force under Priscus marched up the the northern bank of the Danube to Novae (modern Bulgaria). The Avars plundered and abandoned Singidunum (Belgrade) on the Byzantines' approach. The Avars retreated and raided Dalmatia.
BZ67005. Bronze decanummium, DOC I 274, Wroth BMC 258, Tolstoi 292, Sommer 7.99, Hahn MIB 137D, SBCV 581, Ratto -, aF/F, weight 3.190 g, maximum diameter 13.7 mm, die axis 225o, Catania mint, 594 - 595 A.D.; obverse D N Tib MAV P P AVC, crowned and cuirassedbust facing, holding shield; reverse large I between ANNO and X/III (year 13), CAT in exergue; $50.00 (€37.50)
In 584 the Avars sacked Singidunum, Slavs raided near Constantinople, and the Visigoths took Cordoba.
BZ54988. Bronze half follis, DOC I 176, SBCV 534, aVF, weight 6.288 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 180o, Theopolis (Antioch) mint, 584 - 585 A.D.; obverse D N MAuΓI CN P AuT, bust facing, crown with trefoil ornament, consular robes, mappa in right, eagle tipped scepter in left; reverse large XX pellet between, cross above, ANNO downward on left, III (regnal year 3) right, e below; $45.00 (€33.75)
An early transitional issue.
SH08862. Gold solidus, SBCV 476, DOC I 3, Berk 81, aUNC, weight 4.41 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople mint, 583 - 602 A.D.; obverse o N TIbER m-AVRC P P AV, helmeted and cuirassedbust facing, globus cruciger in right, shield in left; reverse VICTORI-A AVCC I, angel standing front, staff topped with Christogram in right, globus cruciger in left; nicely struck, among the most lustrous Byzantine gold coins FORVM has handled; scarce; SOLD
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