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Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.
Joint rule with Theodosius (his son), 29 March 590 - 22 November 602 A.D.Maurice Tiberius, a successful general, was selected by Tiberius II Constantine as his successor. Although he achieved a favorable peace in Persia and was able to stem the losses of territory in Italy and Africa, much of the Balkans were lost. Focas, a junior officer, led a military revolt against Maurice and was declared emperor in November 602. Maurice and Theodosius, his son and co-emperor, were captured and murdered.
In 584, the Avars sacked Singidunum (Belgrade, Serbia), Slavs raided near Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey), and the Visigoths took Cordoba (Spain).BZ93514. Bronze follis, DOC I 154, SBCV 532, Morrisson BnF 7/An/AE/07, Hahn MIB II 95, Wroth BMC 85 (Tiberius II), Tolstoi 59 (Tiberius II), Ratto 961 (Tiberius II), VF, earthen deposits, parts of legend/inscription weak from uneven strike, weight 12.041 g, maximum diameter 29.5 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch as Theoupolis (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 584 - 585 A.D.; obverse OΠITITO-ITITAPPAV (blundered), bust facing wearing crown with trefoil ornament and consular robes, mappa in right, eagle-tipped scepter in left; reverse large M (40 nummi), flanked by A/N/N/O on left and III on right (regnal year 3), cross above, THEUP' in exergue; From the Errett Bishop Collection; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00 ON RESERVE
Tiberius II and Maurice each issued folles of this type. The only difference is Tiberius has a cross on his crown; Maurice has a trefoil ornament.
The obverse legend on this coin is completely blundered illiterate nonsense, as is typical for the type.BZ93512. Bronze follis, DOC I 155, Wroth BMC 89 (Tiberius II), Ratto 964 (Tiberius), Tolstoi 61, Hahn MIB II 95b, SBCV 532, Sommer 7.62.2, Morrisson BnF -, F, light scraping, minor porosity, die shift on reverse, weight 12.330 g, maximum diameter 32.3 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch as Theoupolis (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 585 - 586 A.D.; obverse nTINOC - [...]PPIV (blundered), 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 II/II (regnal year 4), cross above, THEUP' in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $60.00 (€49.20)
Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.
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
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