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bby_715891 - PHOCAS Decanummium

PHOCAS Decanummium XF
100.00 €(Approx. 109.00$ | 84.00£)
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Type : Decanummium
Date: 607-608
Mint name / Town : Carthage
Metal : copper
Diameter : 14 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 2,69 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire centré. Joli buste de Phocas. Usure régulière. Patine marron
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : D N FOCAS - PER AV.
Obverse description : Buste barbu consulaire couronné avec pendilia de Phocas de face.
Obverse translation : “Dominus Noster Focas Perpetuus Augustus”, (Notre seigneur Phocas perpétuel auguste.


Reverse legend : N - M.
Reverse description : grand X accosté de deux lettres horizontalement, d’une croisette et d’une étoile verticalement.
Reverse translation : (10).

Historical background



Phocas succeeded Maurice Tiberius who had just been assassinated while trying to flee from Constantinople and take refuge with 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 seized Caesarea of Cappadocia and Chalcedony. Meanwhile, the Avars spread across the Balkans, sowing death in their path. 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 out Phocas who was executed in 610.

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