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Byzantine Antioch / Theoupolis (c. 512 - 610)

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. 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. The Antioch mint reopened after Anastasius' reform of 498 to assist the metropolitan mint at Constantinople in issuing the new denominations of copper coinage. The city was renamed Theoupolis after it was nearly destroyed by an earthquake on 29 November 528. Antioch was the first major mint lost in the slow decline of the Byzantine Empire. The last coinage was issued during the reign of Phocas and the city was lost to the Arabs in 636. 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


Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.

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Most references attribute this type to Antioch. Although this type is not listed in DOC I, Grierson attributes all solidi with this wide-faced portrait to Antioch. Hahn attributes the type to Constantinople.
SH90884. Gold light weight solidus, 20 siliquae; SBCV 531, Hahn MIB 14, Sommer 7.61, Adelson 88 - 89 corr. (rho-cross scepter), DOC I -, Wroth BMC -, Morrisson BnF -, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, gVF, uneven strike, tight flan, weight 3.390 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, 10th officina, Constantinopolis or Antioch mint, 583 - 602 A.D.; obverse D N MAVRIC - TIb P P AVG, helmeted, draped, and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right hand, shield in left, helmet with arc ornament in front and plume; reverse VICTORIA AVGG I (victory of the two emperors, 10th officina), angel standing facing, long cross in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, OBXX in exergue; Forum knows of only seven other examples of this extremely rare type, from the Robert Watcher Collection; extremely rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.

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This is the first example of this type handled by Forum.
SH76244. Gold light weight solidus, 22 siliquae; DOC I 151, Adelson 94, Morrisson BnF - (p. 194), Hahn MIB 13a (Constantinople), Tolstoi 35, SBCV 529, Wroth BMC -, Ratto -, Sommer -, aEF, luster, light marks, some die wear, small ding on reverse, weight 4.012 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 195o, 6th officina, Theoupolis-Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 583 - 22 Nov 602 A.D.; obverse D N MAVRIC - TIb P P AVG, helmeted, draped, and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right hand, fold of paludamentum over left shoulder, helmet with arc ornament in front and plume; reverse VICTORI-A AVCC Θς, angel standing facing, staff topped with staurogram (rho-cross) in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, OB+* in exergue; from the Robert Watcher Collection; very rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Tiberius II Constantine, 26 September 578 - 14 August 582 A.D.

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Some references attribute this type to Antioch and others to Constantinople. The reverse legend supports attribution to Theopolis (Antioch).
SH76237. Gold light weight solidus, 22 Siliquae; DOC I 38 (Antioch), Tolstoi 12 (Antioch), Hahn MIB 5, Wroth BMC 9, Sommer 6.3, SBCV 446 (Antioch), Morrisson BnF -, Ratto -, gVF, areas of weak strike, earthen encrustations, bumps and marks, weight 4.066 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, Theopolis (Antioch) mint, 579 - 582 A.D.; obverse dM Tib CONSTANT P P AVC, crowned and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in left, shield in right; reverse VICTORIA AVCC Θ (victory of the two emperors, Theopolis), cross potent on four steps, OB+* in exergue; ex CNG e-auction 316 (4 Dec 2013), lot 426; rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

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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," 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. 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
SH82801. Bronze follis, SBCV 219, Choice aEF, weight 23.033 g, maximum diameter 39.7 mm, die axis 150o, 2nd officina, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, 542 - 543 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing holding globus cruciger in right, shield decorated with horseman on left shoulder, cross in right field; reverse large mark of value M, between A/N/N/O left and X/ς/* right (regnal year 16), cross above, officina symbol B (2nd officina) below, CHEuPO in exergue; fantastic example of the type; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

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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," 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. 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
SH82812. Bronze follis, SBCV 219, Choice gVF, weight 22.447 g, maximum diameter 39.3 mm, die axis 165o, 5th officina, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, 542 - 543 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing holding globus cruciger in right, shield decorated with horseman on left shoulder, cross in right field; reverse large mark of value M, between A/N/N/O left and X/ς right (regnal year 16), cross above, officina symbol E (5th officina) below, CHEuPO in exergue; attractive huge bronze; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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Antioch was renamed Theoupolis after it was nearly destroyed by an earthquake on 29 November 528.
SH15632. Bronze pentanummium, SBCV 676A; DOC II part 1 -; Hahn MIB 89, Choice VF, weight 1.276 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 180o, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, obverse Phocas cruciform Greek monogram ; reverse large E (5 nummi), cross right; from the Woolslayer Collection; very scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

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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," 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. 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
SH82811. Bronze follis, SBCV 218, gVF, weight 21.351 g, maximum diameter 40.2 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, 539 - 540 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing holding globus cruciger in right, shield decorated with horseman on left shoulder, cross in right field; reverse large mark of value M, between A/N/N/O left and XIII right (regnal year 13), cross above, officina symbol A (1st officina) below, ΘVΠO in exergue; attractive huge bronze; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

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BZ36371. Bronze follis, DOC I 218c, SBCV 220, Berk 238, Hahn MIB I 145, gVF, weight 19.163 g, maximum diameter 36.2 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, 547 - 548 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing holding globus cruciger in right, shield decorated with horseman on left shoulder, cross in right field; reverse Large mark of value M, between A/N/N/O left and X/X/I right (regnal year 21), cross above, officina symbol Γ (3rd officina) below, UHUΠ in exergue; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

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In 529, Justinian I closed down the philosophical schools in Athens; the impact on the city is much debated, but is generally taken to mark the end of the ancient history of Athens.
BZ82841. Bronze follis, DOC I 206b, Wroth BMC 278, Tolstoi 248, Ratto 650, Morrisson BnF I 4/An/AE/4, Hahn MIB I 130, SBCV 214, Sommer 4.81, aVF, weight 17.432 g, maximum diameter 34.5 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, 529 - 533 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVG, Justinian enthroned facing holding long scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, star left, crescent right, B below, + THEuP in exergue; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.

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Antioch was renamed Theoupolis after it was nearly destroyed by an earthquake on 29 November 528.
BZ11016. Bronze follis, DOC I 172b, SBCV 533, EF, weight 11.023 g, maximum diameter 29.53 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, 591 - 592 A.D.; obverse [D N MAUΓI] - CN P AUT (or similar), bust facing, crown with trefoil ornament, consular robes, mappa in right, eagle-tipped scepter in left; reverse large M (40 nummi) between A/N/N/O and XX (regnal year 20), cross above, Γ (officina 3) below, THEUP' in ex; SOLD




  




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