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Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |Justinian Dynasty| > |Focas| > SL55829
Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.
Focas changed the traditional plural legend VICTORIA AVGG or AVGVSTORVM to a singular form, VICTORIA AVGU (AVGU = AVGVSTI). His intent may have been to discourage a popular movement to make his son-in-law co-emperor. The N in the reverse field has been interpreted to represent indictional year 13, however Sear notes the symbol is also found on earlier varieties.
SL55829. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 11a (not in the collection, refs BMC); Wroth BMC 13; Ratto 1182; Hahn MIB II 10a; Morrisson BnF 8/Cp/AV/28; Sommer 9.9; SBCV 621, NGC AU, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 4.40g, maximum diameter 20.7mm, die axis 190o, 607 - 609 A.D.; obverse D N FOCAS PERP AVC, crowned, draped and cuirassed bust of Focas, facing, bearded, the crown without pendilia, holding globus cruciger in right; reverse VICTORIA AVGU E (victory of the Emperor, 5th officina), angel standing facing, holding long staff surmounted by Chi-Rho monogram in right hand and globus cruciger in left hand, N in right field CONOB in exergue; NGC certified (slabbed) about Uncirculated, Strike: 3/5, NGC Surface 2/5, wavy; scarce; SOLD










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