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Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |Justinian Dynasty| > |Maurice Tiberius| > BZ92372
Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.
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,Ē 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, 1st officina, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, weight 9.882g, maximum diameter 28.6mm, die axis 180o, 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











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