BYZANTINE, Maurice Tiberius, 582-602 AD, half follis,


BYZANTINE, Maurice Tiberius, 582-602 AD, half follis, year 20 (601 AD), Thessalonika mint, Obverse: long bust facing, D N MAVRC TIB PP AVG, Reverse: K, ANNO XX, TES, bronze, 18x24mm, 5g, SB509, VG/F

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Maurice’s big problem was Persia. When a succession problem developed in the Sasanian family Maurice succeeded in placing his protégé on the Persian throne as Khusrau II.

We call them Byzantines, but they thought of themselves as Romans. It is not incorrect to think of the Roman Empire persisting until 1453, when the Ottomans conquered Constantinople. The main reference we are using for the Byzantine series is “Byzantine Coins and their Values,” by David Sear.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.