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Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |Justinian Dynasty| > |Focas| > BZ92762
Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.
Focas became emperor through a military revolt. He was an oppressive evil tyrant. His reign was a period of disaster with invasions, persecution of the aristocracy and civil unrest. Focas restored recognizable portraiture to the coinage - an oddity considering his appearance is often described as grotesque.
BZ92762. Bronze half follis, DOC II part 1, 37a; Ratto 1218; Hahn MIB 65b; SBCV 644; Sommer 9.29; Wroth BMC -; Morrisson BnF -; Tolstoi -, VF, overstruck with strong undertype effects, small edge split, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 4.567g, maximum diameter 23.4mm, die axis 180o, 603 - 5 Oct 610 A.D.; obverse D N FOCA PERP AVG, crowned bust facing, bearded, wearing consular robes, mappa in right hand, cross in left hand; reverse XX (20 nummi), star above, CONA in exergue; ex German dealer or collector (anonymous German tag); $65.00

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