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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.
This type was struck at Constantinople, Nicomedia and Cyzicus. Since Nicomedia and Cyzicus each only had two officinae, coins struck by officina Γ, ∆ and E must be from Constantinople. For the first two officina, comparing style is the only, and uncertain, method of differentiation between the mints.BZ91869. Bronze half follis, DOC I 53b, Ratto 1068, Hahn MIB II 70D, SBCV 497, Wroth BMC -, Morrisson BnF -, Tolstoi -, aF, obverse a little off center, weight 6.058 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey)(?) mint, 589 - 590 A.D.; obverse D N mAVRC - TIbeR P P A (or similar), helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right, shield (ornamented with rider on horseback right) in left; reverse large K (20 nummi), A/N/N/O left, ςII (year 8) right, cross above, B (2nd officina) below; $30.00 (€27.00)
In 583, Emperor Maurice decided to end the annual tribute to the Avars, a mounted people who have swept across Russia and threatened the Balkan Peninsula. They captured the cities of Singidunum (modern Belgrade) and Viminacium (Moesia).BZ91870. Bronze follis, DOC I 22b, Tolstoi 70, Ratto 1036, Hahn MIB 65C, Sommer 7.20, SRCV 493, Morrisson BnF 7/Cp/AE/4 var. (3rd officina), Wroth BMC 28 var. (1st officina), aF, a little rough, uneven strike, edge split, weight 12.392 g, maximum diameter 30.1 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 583 - 584 A.D.; obverse D N mAV-RC PP AV, crowned and cuirassed bust facing, crown with cross, globus cruciger in right, shield in left; reverse large M (40 nummi) between ANNO and II (regnal year 2), cross above, B (2nd officina) below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue; $28.00 (€25.20)
Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.
Most references attribute this type to Antioch. Although this type is not listed in DOC I, Grierson attributes all solidi with this wide-faced portrait to Antioch. Hahn attributes the type to Constantinople.SH90884. Gold light weight solidus, 20 siliquae; SBCV 531, Hahn MIB 14, Sommer 7.61, Adelson 88 - 89 corr. (rho-cross scepter), DOC I -, Wroth BMC -, Morrisson BnF -, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, gVF, uneven strike, tight flan, weight 3.390 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, 10th officina, Constantinopolis or Antioch mint, 583 - 602 A.D.; obverse D N MAVRIC - TIb P P AVG, helmeted, draped, and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right hand, shield in left, helmet with arc ornament in front and plume; reverse VICTORIA AVGG I (victory of the two emperors, 10th officina), angel standing facing, long cross in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, OBXX in exergue; Forum knows of only seven other examples of this extremely rare type, from the Robert Watcher Collection; extremely rare; SOLD
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