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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Byzantine Coins| ▸ |Justinian Dynasty| ▸ |Focas||View Options:  |  |  | 

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.|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

Of greatest rarity in this condition.
SH15451. Bronze SBCV 666v; DOC II-1 77 note (Longuet collection); Hahn MIB 77 (citing two specimens -- Birmingham and Longuet collection), EF, beautiful patina, excellent portrait, some flatness, weight 10.10 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 609 - 610 A.D.; obverse [D N FOCAS] PERP AVG, bust facing wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and crown with pendilia and cross on circlet; reverse large XXX (30 nummi), cross above, ςII (year 8) right, KYZA (Cyzicus, 1st officina) in exergue; from the Woolslayer collection, ex Harlan Berk; very rare; SOLD


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

SH15444. Gold semissis, DOC II-1 16; Hahn MIB 25; Wroth BMC 28-9; Tolstoi 29-31; Ratto 1205; Morrisson BnF 8/Cp/AV/32, SBCV 631, EF, weight 2.110 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 195o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 602 - 610 A.D.; obverse d N FOCAS PER AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGU (victory of the Emperor), Victory advancing right, head left, wreath in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, CONOB in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; scarce; SOLD


|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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