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Offline Quant.Geek

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The coins during the Twenty Years' 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


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Re: Byzantine Empire: Tiberius III Apsimar (698-705) Æ Follis (Sear 1366)
« Reply #1 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
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.