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bby_610029 - PHOCAS Follis

PHOCAS Follis XF
150.00 €(Approx. 181.50$ | 129.00£)
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Type : Follis
Date: an 6
Mint name / Town : Cyzicus
Metal : copper
Diameter : 31 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 11,21 g.
Rarity : R2
Officine: 2e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et irrégulier bien centré des deux côtés Très beau portrait de Phocas. Joli revers. Belle patine vert foncé
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : D N FOCAS - PER [AVG].
Obverse description : Buste consulaire de Phocas couronné, diadémé avec pendilia, de face tenant une croix de la main gauche et la mappa de la main droite ; dans le champ à gauche, une croisette.
Obverse translation : “Dominus Noster Focas Perpetuusaugustus”, (Notre seigneur Phocas perpétuel auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANNO/G// KYZB.
Reverse description : XXXX dans une couronne.
Reverse translation : (an 6/ Cyzique).

Commentary


Surfrappé. 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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