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601 Maurice Tiberius Byzantine Follis Year 20 NGC AU Pedigree (19041701C)

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  • Maurice Tiberius, Byzantine Emperor: 582-602 CE.
  • Almost Uncirculated dated Æ Follis (40 nummi) coin, max dia. 33mm, 13.17g, Constantinople (CON) mint, 2nd Officina (B). Struck Year 20 (XX) = 601-602 CE, Sear 495.
  • Certified by NGC to AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.
  • Well struck with broad flan, full legends and impressive quality.
  • Pedigree: Ex. Victor England (pre-cursor to CNG) fixed price list. 
  • Obverse: D N mAVRICI TIbeR P P, crowned bust facing, wearing consular robes, mappa in right hand, scepter surmounted by eagle in left.
  • Reverse: Large M (mark of value); A/N/N/O to left, XX (date) to right, Chi-Rho above, B below, CON (mintmark) in exergue. 
  • Maurice was a prominent general, and fought with success against the Sassanian Empire. After he became Emperor, he brought the war with Sassanian Persia to a victorious conclusion. In the West Maurice consolidated 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.