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bby_623556 - PHOCAS Follis

PHOCAS Follis AU
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Item sold on our e-shop (2021)
Price : 170.00 €
Type : Follis
Date: an 4
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : copper
Diameter : 30 mm
Orientation dies : 2 h.
Weight : 11,96 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 3e
Coments on the condition:
Flan large, centré, éclaté à 6h. Très joli buste. Trace de coup à 12h. Patine marron
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : D [N FOCA] - PERP AVG.
Obverse description : Buste consulaire de Phocas couronné, diadémé avec pendilia, de face tenant un globe crucigère de la main gauche et la mappa de la main droite.
Obverse translation : “Dominus Noster Phocas Perpetuus Augustus”, (Notre seigneur Phocas perpétuel auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANNO/ II/II // CON.
Reverse description : XXXX.
Reverse legend : G.
Reverse translation : (An 4).

Historical background


PHOCAS

(23/11/602-5/10/610)

Phocas succeeded Maurice Tiberius, who had been killed trying to flee from Constantinople and take refuge in his friend Chosroes II, King of the Sassanids. To avenge his friend, the Sassanid resumed hostilities against the Byzantines and invaded Syria and Asia Minor. He grabbed Caesarea in Cappadocia and Chalcedony. Meanwhile, the Avars spread in the Balkans, spreading death in their wake. The Empire seemed on the verge of breaking up when a revolt broke out in Carthage, led by Heraclius and his father, Exarch of Carthage. They drove Phocas who was executed in 610.

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