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bby_571250 - PHOCAS Solidus

550.00 €(Approx. 594.00$ | 462.00£)
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Type : Solidus
Date: 607-610
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1.000 ‰
Diameter : 21 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,46 g.
Officine: 5e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré des deux côtés. Beau portrait de Phocas. Petite faiblesse de frappe au revers dans la légende


Obverse legend : D N FOCAS - PERP AVG.
Obverse description : Buste couronné, diadémé et cuirassé de Phocas de face, tenant un globe crucigère de la main droite.
Obverse translation : “Dominus Noster Focas Perpetuus Augustus”, (Notre seigneur Phocas perpétuel auguste).


Reverse legend : VICTORIA - AVGYE/ -|-// CONOB.
Reverse description : Ange debout de face, tenant une longue croix chrismée de la main droite et un globe crucigère de la main gauche.
Reverse translation : “Victoria Augusti”, (Victoire de l’auguste).


C’est le type le plus courant pour les solidi du règne de Phocas (601-610).

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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