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

Focas became emperor through a military revolt in the winter of 602 A.D. He was an oppressive evil tyrant. His reign was a period of disaster with invasions in the East and West, persecution of the aristocracy and civil unrest. Focas restored recognizable portraiture to the coinage - An oddity considering his appearance is often described as grotesque.

|Focas|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Focas,| |23| |November| |602| |-| |5| |October| |610| |A.D.||follis|
In 608, A.D., Heraclius the Elder, exarch of Africa, and his son (also named Heraclius) revolted against Phocas, whose regime in Constantinople had become unpopular and violent. Syria and Palaestina Prima joined the revolt. On 4 October 610, Heraclius arrived at Constantinople with his fleet. Phocas was killed by a mob on the following day.
BZ93519. Bronze follis, Morrisson BnF 8/Cy/AE/5; SBCV 665; DOC II.1, 72a var. (II/II yr.); Wroth BMC 87 var. (same); Hahn MIB II 76 var. (same); Ratto 1235 var. (same), aVF, scratches in fields, minor deposits, weight 12.148 g, maximum diameter 29.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 605 - 606 A.D.; obverse d N FOCAS - PERP AVC, bust facing, wearing consular robes and crown with cross and pendilia, mappa in right hand, cross in left hand, small cross in left field; reverse XXXX (40 nummi), ANNO (year) above, IIII (4) in one line on right, KYZA in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $80.00 (€65.60)
 


|Focas|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Focas,| |23| |November| |602| |-| |5| |October| |610| |A.D.||half-tremissis|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear. 

The smallest gold fraction in the Byzantine series. One of three known.
SH15443. Gold half-tremissis, SBCV 635; cf. DOC II-1 20; cf. Hahn MIB 29, aEF, weight 0.723 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 607 - 610 A.D.; obverse d N FOCAS PER AV, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, beardless; reverse VICTORI FOCAS AV, cross potent, CONOB beneath; from the Woolslayer Collection; extremely rare; SOLD







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