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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.
Map of Europe 600 A.D.


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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 (€26.40)
 


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The ruins of Antioch on the Orontes lie near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey. Founded near the end of the 4th century B.C. by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals, Antioch's geographic, military and economic location, particularly the spice trade, the Silk Road, the Persian Royal Road, benefited its occupants, and eventually it rivaled Alexandria as the chief city of the Near East and as the main center of Hellenistic Judaism at the end of the Second Temple period. Antioch is called "the cradle of Christianity,” for the pivotal early role it played in the emergence of the faith. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis. Its residents are known as Antiochenes. Antioch was renamed Theoupolis after it was nearly destroyed by an earthquake on 29 November 528. Once a great metropolis of half a million people, it declined to insignificance during the Middle Ages because of warfare, repeated earthquakes and a change in trade routes following the Mongol conquests, which then no longer passed through Antioch from the far east.6th Century Antioch
BZ92372. Bronze follis, DOC I 168a (officina letter A also with unusual form); Hahn MIB 96c; Sommer 7.63; SBCV 533; Wroth BMC -, Morrisson BnF -, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, F, highlighting earthen deposits, scrapes, scratches, corrosion, obv. a little off center, edge splits, weight 9.882 g, maximum diameter 28.6 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, 597 - 598 A.D.; obverse dN MAVP... (or similar, blundered), bust facing wearing consular robes, crown with trefoil ornament, mappa in right hand, eagle-tipped scepter in left hand; reverse large M (40 nummi) between A/N/N/O and Ξ/YI (regnal year 16), cross above, A (1st officina) below, THEUP' (Theoupolis) in exergue; from a New England dealer; $30.00 (€26.40)
 


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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 (€24.64)
 







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