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588 Maurice Tiberius Byzantine Empire Follis Year 7 NGC Ch AU Pedigree (19120801C)

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  • Maurie Tiberius, Byzantine Emperor: 582-602 CE.
  • Almost Uncirculated dated Æ Follis (40 nummi) coin, max dia. 29mm, 11.29g, Constantinople (CON) mint, 5th Officina (Є). Struck Regnal Year 7 = 588-589 CE, Sear 494.
  • Certified by NGC to ChAU, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5 (Very rare grade and seldom offered as such).
  • Well struck with great details, full legends and impressive quality.
  • Pedigree: Ex. CNG 46, 6/24/1998, lot 1553 (with auction ticket).
  • Obverse: D N mAVR TIbeR P P A, helmeted cuirassed bust of Maurice Tiberius facing, shield decorated with horseman motif in left hand, globus cruciger surmounted by cross in right hand.
  • Reverse: Large M (mark of value); A/N/N/O to left, ΣI  (date = regnal year 7) to right, cross above, Є below, CON (mintmark) in exergue. 
  • Maurice was a prominent general, and fought with success against the Sasanian Empire. After he became Emperor, he brought the war with Sasanian Persia to a victorious conclusion. In the West Maurice consolidtaed what was left of Justinian's re-conquests.  Maurice was unable to resolve threats from the Slav and Avar advance, causing a serious loss of prestige and territory. These events led to a military revolt resulting in Phocas being proclaimed Emperor.