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bby_557827 - PHOCAS Tremissis

PHOCAS Tremissis AU
380.00 €(Approx. 418.00$ | 319.20£)
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Type : Tremissis
Date: 607-609
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1.000 ‰
Diameter : 16 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 1,45 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire sur un flan large et bien centré. Joli buste ainsi qu’un beau revers de style fin
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : D N FOCAS - PER AVI.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé, drapé et cuirassé de Phocas de droite (A’a); diadème perlé.
Obverse translation : “Dominus Noster Focas Perpetuus Augustus”, (Notre seigneur Phocas perpétuel auguste).

Reverse


Reverse legend : VICTORI FOCAS AVS -|-// CONOB.
Reverse description : Croix potencée.
Reverse translation : “Victoria Focas Augusti”, (La Victoire des Phocas auguste).

Commentary


Rubans de type 3 aux extrémités bouletées.

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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