Tiberius II Constantine, 26 September 578 - 14 August 582 A.D.
Joint rule with Justin II, 26 September - 5 October 578 A.D.Tiberius II Constantine served as a regent for the insane emperor Justin II, who raised him to the rank of Augustus. Justin died nine days later, leaving Tiberius II Constantine as sole emperor. He was very popular because he cut taxes and was very generous with the funds of the Empire. He appointed Maurice as his successor and gave his daughter in marriage to him. Tiberius II Constantine died in 582. The regnal years of Tiberius are determined from his appointment as regent and Caesar in December 574.
This type was traditionally attributed entirely to Ravenna. Hahn suggested a Sicilian attribution in The Numismatic Circular, 1979, p. 553. Anastasi, differentiates between Ravenna and Sicilian issues; Sicilian issues having a different style of crown, a higher globus cruciger, and a longer face with a strong similarity to portraits of Maurice Tiberius on decanummi from Catania. Anastasi also notes the style he identifies as Sicilian is frequently found on the island. This example appears to have the style of Ravenna.
BZ54796. Bronze decanummium, SBCV 472, DOC I 66, Hahn MIB II 67; cf. Anastasi 3 (Sicilain mint), aVF, edge chip, weight 1.805 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, die axis 0o, Ravenna(?) mint, 578 - 582 A.D.; obverse Dm [CON...?]-AIPPVC (sic, or similar), crowned and cuirassed facing bust, large crown, globus cruciger in right; reverse large I between crosses, all within wreath; scarce; $120.00 (€92.40)
Tradition tells us that the Roman empire ended in 476 A.D. when Romulus Augustus was deposed and the barbarian Odovacar became king in Italy. This coin, however, was minted in Rome for the emperor of the Romans more than 100 years after the "fall of the Roman Empire." After 476, the ancient capital of the empire alternated between Byzantine and Germanic control. Rome remained nominally part of the Byzantine Empire until 751 A.D., when the Lombards finally extinguished the Exarchate of Ravenna which was the last holdout of the Byzantines in northern Italy. The city's population declined from more than a million in 210 A.D. to a mere 35,000 during the Early Middle Ages, reducing the sprawling city to groups of inhabited buildings interspersed among large areas of ruins and vegetation.
BZ58702. Bronze half follis, DOC I 61b, Wroth BMC 149, Tolstoi 103, Ratto 989, SBCV 467, Hahn MIB 73, aVF, weight 5.003 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 578 - 582 A.D.; obverse D m TIB CO-NSTANT P, crowned and cuirassedbust facing, crown ornamented with a cross; reverse large XX, cross above, ROM in exergue; scarce; $90.00 (€69.30)
BZ57471. Bronze decanummium, DOC I 20(a), Hahn MIB II 31A, Wroth BMC 51, Tolstoi 124, Ratto 949, SBCV 436, weight 3.540 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople mint, 578 - 582 A.D.; obverse Om TIb CONST PP AVI, crowned, draped and cuirassed facing bust, crown with cross on circlet and pendilia; reverse large narrow X, cross above; scarce; $75.00 (€57.75)
BZ58708. Bronze follis, DOC I 30a, SBCV 441, aVF, weight 11.041 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Nicomedia mint, 580 - 581 A.D.; obversedm TIb CONSTANT PP AVG (AV ligate), crowned bust facing wearing consular robes, mappa in right, eagle tipped scepter in left, cross above eagle; reverse large m, between ANNO GI (year 7), cross above, NIKOA in ex; $75.00 (€57.75)
Tiberius II Constantine, regent for the insane Justin II, was made Augustus nine days before Justin died. He was very popular because he cut taxes and was generous with the funds of the Empire. He appointed Maurice as his successor and gave him his daughter in marriage.
BZ58798. Bronze decanummium, DOC I 20b.3 (same dies), Hahn 31A, Wroth BMC 48, Tolstoi 125 var (obv legend), Ratto 948 var (same), SBCV 436, VF, weight 3.050 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople mint, 579 - 582 A.D.; obverse [Dm TIb] CO-TAN PP AVI, crowned, draped and cuirassed facing bust, crown with cross on circlet and pendilia; reverse large broad X, cross above broad X, cross above; scarce; $75.00 (€57.75)
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