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v29_0535 - PHOCAS Follis

MONNAIES 29 (2007)
Starting price : 120.00 €
Estimate : 180.00 €
Realised price : 120.00 €
Number of bids : 1
Maximum bid : 150.00 €
Type : Follis
Date: an 6
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : copper
Diameter : 30 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 11,09 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 2e
Coments on the condition:
Beau portrait avec une très jolie patine vert jade. Frappe faible sur la légende au droit avec un flan irrégulier. Très joli revers. Trace de surfrappe au revers
Catalogue references :


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


Reverse legend : ANNO/ S// CONB.
Reverse description : XXXX.
Reverse translation : (An 6).


Exemplaire surfrappé sur un type plus ancien qui ne peut être distingué.

Historical background



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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