, , 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.
II and Maurice each issued folles of this . The only difference is has a on his crown; Maurice has a trefoil ornament.
The on this coin is completely blundered illiterate nonsense, as is typical for the .BZ71846. Bronze , 155, 89 ( II), 964 ( ), 61, 95b, 532, 7.62.2, -, VF, centered, green , edge bump, 11.940 g, maximum 32.0 mm, 180o, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, 585 - 586 A.D.; OMITACOM-NANTAPPY (blundered), facing, crown with trefoil ornament, consular robes, in right, tipped in left; large M (40 nummi) between A/N/N/O and II/II (regnal year 4), above, THEUP' in ; $90.00 (€79.20)
In 591, seeing an opportunity to end the prolonged war to the advantage of Constantinople, Maurice assisted Khosrau II regain the Persian throne. He sent a army of 35,000 men into through and another expeditionary force in advanced through Caucasian Iberia into Media (modern Azerbaijan). The Byzantines defeated a Persian army of about 40,000 men under Bahram VI at the Battle of Blarathon, in the lowlands near Ganzak (northwestern Iran). Bahram fled to seek refuge with the Turks in and settled in Fergana, but was murdered by a hired assassin of Khosrau II. In the summer, Maurice began a series of military expeditions to defend the Balkans from the Avars and Slavs. He stabilized the Danube frontier ( Moesiae) from the Delta to the fortress city of Singidunum (Belgrade) and the Byzantines reasserted their authority in the interior.BZ72002. Bronze , 33a, 1054, 494, 7.21, -, -, -, aVF, nice green , some areas of weakness, light corrosion, 11.485 g, maximum 32.8 mm, 0o, 1st , Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 591 - 592 A.D.; D N mAVRC PP AV, helmeted and facing, in right, in left; large M (40 nummi) between ANNO and X (regnal year 10), above, A (1st ) below, CON (Constantinople) in ; $80.00 (€70.40)
This is the first example of this handled by .SH76244. Gold light , 22 siliquae; 151, 94, - (p. 194), 13a (Constantinople), 35, 529, -, -, -, aEF, luster, light marks, some die wear, small ding on , 4.012 g, maximum 23.5 mm, 195o, 6th , Theoupolis-Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 583 - 22 Nov 602 A.D.; D N MAVRIC - TIb P P AVG, helmeted, draped, and facing, in right hand, fold of over left shoulder, helmet with arc ornament in front and plume; VICTORI-A AVCC Θς, angel standing facing, staff topped with ( ) in right hand, in left hand, OB+* in ; very ; $700.00 (€616.00)
In 583, Maurice decided to end the annual tribute to the Avars, a mounted people who swept across Russia and threatened the Balkan Peninsula. The result was sixteen years of Avar attacks, raids, sackings, and devastation. In 599, after Maurice refused to pay ransom, the Avars slaughtered 12,000 captured soldiers. That summer, the Byzantines defeated the Avars in open battle, pursued the fleeing tribes, and then invaded and devastated the Avar homeland. In 602, after a few more defeats, the Avars agreed to accept rule. However, the high cost of the war in blood and treasure had cost Maurice his popularity. He was forced to witness the slaughter of his supporters and his five sons, and then beheaded.SH76123. Gold , 5b, 3, 7/Cp/AV/3, 10, 998, 6, 7.5, 478,, VF, , bumps and marks, die wear, right a little weakly struck, 4.478 g, maximum 21.5 mm, 180o, 2nd , Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 583 - 602 A.D.; D N mAVRC - TIb P P AVC, helmeted and facing, in right hand, fold of over left shoulder, helmet with plum, circlet in front and ; VICTORI-A AVCC B, angel standing facing, staff topped with ( ) in right hand, in left hand, in ; $550.00 (€484.00)
SH76236. Gold light , 23 siliquae; 7b, 11, 481, BMC-, -, -, -, -, VF, centered, uneven strike with weak areas, bumps and marks, (?), 4.183 g, maximum 21.3 mm, 180o, 2nd , Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 583 - 25 Nov 602 A.D.; D N mAVRC - TIb P P AVC, helmeted and facing, helmet with plum and , in right hand, in left, * in right ; VICTORI-A B, angel standing facing, ( ) topped staff in right hand, in left hand, in right , in ; ex Rudnik Numismatics; for issue; $380.00 (€334.40)
By 602, Maurice ordered the troops to stay beyond the Danube over winter, but they revolted and marched back to Constantinople under the leadership of Phocas. On 27 November, Maurice was captured trying to escape, he was forced to witness the slaughter of his five sons and all his supporters, and was beheaded. His wife, and his three daughters were spared, and sent to a monastery. Phocas was proclaimed the emperor.BZ69192. Bronze , 24c, 281, 140, 249, 306, 1169, 7.100, 583, F, 3.225 g, maximum 15.4 mm, 180o, mint, 588 - 602 A.D.; D N mAVRIC - TIb P P AVC (or similar), helmeted, draped, and facing, helmet with crest and , in right; large X (10 nummi), SE-CI-LI-A in angles; $85.00 (€74.80)
achieved peace with and stemmed losses in Italy and , but lost much of the Balkans. When , a junior officer, revolted Maurice and his son were murdered.BZ69201. Bronze , 64c, 7.29, 107, 73A, 498, -, -, -, VF, 3.103 g, maximum 22.2 mm, 0o, 5th , Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, D N P P AV, crowned, draped and facing; large I (10 nummi), above, left, E right, CON (Constantinople) in ; ; $125.00 (€110.00)
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