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Byzantine Empire, Heraclius, 5 October 610 - 11 January 641 A.D.
Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world. According to tradition, it was founded by Pelasgians from Thessaly and later received many colonies from Miletus. Like the other Greek cities in Asia, it fell under the rule of the Persia Empire until Alexander the Great captured it in 334 B.C. In 74 B.C. the city, allied with Rome, withstood a siege by 300,000 men led by King Mithridates VI of Pontus. Rome rewarded this loyalty with territory and with municipal independence which lasted until the reign of Tiberius. When it was incorporated into the Empire, Cyzicus was made the capital of Mysia, and afterward of Hellespontus. The Cyzicus mint was opened by Gallienus (253 - 268 A.D.) and continued to strike coins well into the Byzantine era.
BZ91186. Bronze follis, DOC II part 1, 168a; Wroth BMC 252, Tolstoi 68, Ratto 1309, Morrisson BnF 10/Cy/AE/02, Sommer 11.77.1, SBCV 839, Choice EF, well centered, slightly uneven strike, die crack on face, light cleaning marks, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, weight 12.531g, maximum diameter 31.5mm, die axis 180o
, 611 - 612 A.D.; obverse d N hERACLI PERP AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, short beard, cross in right hand, shield on left arm; reverse large M (40 nummi) between A/N/N/O and II (regnal year 2), cross above, A below, KYZ (Cyzicus) in exergue; scarce
Catalog current as of Monday, August 19, 2019.
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