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Medieval and cash coins => Christian world => Topic started by: Quant.Geek on January 13, 2020, 09:20:33 PM

Title: Byzantine Empire: Tiberius III Apsimar (698-705) Æ Follis (Sear 1366)
Post by: Quant.Geek on January 13, 2020, 09:20:33 PM
The coins during the Twenty Years' Anarchy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty_Years%27_Anarchy) of the Byzantine Empire are usually in poor state with multiple overstrikes and poor engraving.  I was happy to find this stellar coin of Tiberius that was misattributed as Constantine IV.  This is a classic example of how you can benefit from knowing your attributions!

Byzantine Empire: Tiberius III Apsimar (698-705) Æ Follis, Constantinople (Sear 1366; DOC II.8; MIB 73)

Obv: DTibЄRI-ЧƧPЄ-AV or similar; Bust facing, with short beard, wearing crown with cross on circlet and cuirass, and holding spear diagonally, across his body and shield with horseman device
Rev: Large M; cross above, to left, A/N/N/O, to right, regal year; Γ below; CON in exergue

A high-resolution image of this coin is available at FORVM Ancient Coins (http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-159626)

(http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/albums/userpics/36484/normal_Sear-1366.jpg)
Title: Re: Byzantine Empire: Tiberius III Apsimar (698-705) Æ Follis (Sear 1366)
Post by: Figleaf on January 19, 2020, 09:56:51 AM
It's also an example of how the real world differs from fairy tales. Tiberius is a good guy, deposing a tyrant and strengthening Byzantium, losing out to a bad guy and betrayal and losing his head in the process. Indeed, for this place and time a wonderfully detailed and preserved coin. Congratulations.

Peter