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bby_757699 - PHOCAS Demi-follis

PHOCAS Demi-follis XF
125.00 €(Approx. 136.25$ | 103.75£)
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Type : Demi-follis
Date: an 5
Mint name / Town : Nicomedia
Metal : copper
Diameter : 24 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,62 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 2e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan quadrangulaire centré. Beau buste consulaire de Phocas. Joli revers. Belle patine verte et sable
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : D M FO-CA PER A.
Obverse description : Buste consulaire de Phocas couronné, diadémé avec pendilia, de face, tenant la mappa de la main droite et le globe crucigère de la main gauche.
Obverse translation : (Notre seigneur Phocas perpétuel auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : II/II/ NIKO B.
Reverse description : XX surmonté d'une croisette.
Reverse translation : (an 4).

Commentary


Poids léger.

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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