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Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
Superb example of the return to portraiture. There is no mistaking this portrait for any other ruler. Unpublished year II consular type with mappa and eagle-scepter. Possibly unique.
SH15637. Bronze follis, cf. Hahn 69a (only years 3 and 4 noted); DOC II part 1, 56 - 60 (lists only years 3 - 7); and SBCV 658 (only years 3 and 4), gVF for the type, fantastic portrait, 1st officina, Nicomedia mint, weight 11.498g, maximum diameter 32.2mm, die axis 45o
, 603 - 604 A.D.; obverse d N FOCAS PERP AVG, bust facing wearing consular robes and crown with cross on circlet, mappa in right, eagle-tipped scepter in left; reverse XXXX (40 nummi), ANNO above, II right, NIKOA in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; unpublished year two
Catalog current as of Friday, August 23, 2019.
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