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More About the Minor Byzantine Gold Mints from Tiberius II to Heraclius", Numismatic Circular, 87:1 2, 1979, pp. 552-555. D. D. 582", Numismatic Chronicle, 1 960, pp. 133-135. "An Unusual Pentanummia of Tiberius II", Numismatic Circular 57, 1949, p. 348. _. 5) MINTS Rome Ravenna Catania Syracuse Cherson Constantinople Thessalonica Nicomedia Cyzicus Theoupolis Alexandria Carthage Also, uncertain mints in: North Africa, Sicily, Spain and a "military mint" at some unknown location When Maurice came to the throne, he was already a popular figure due to his brilliant campaign against the Persians.

Alexandria Carthage History has not been kind to Pho­ cas. In fact, he has been viewed by most historians as the vilest creature ever to don the purple. His rebellion led to a period of serious disruption in the empire. Aristocrats were persecut­ ed and the frontiers were left defense­ less. The Persians swept through Asia Minor and actually reached Chalcedon on the shore of the Bosphorus. Ironi­ cally, this was the place where Phocas had Maurice Tiberius murdered only six years earlier. According to a contemporary description, he was short and disfig­ ured, with red hair and shaggy eye­ brows.

BIBLIO GRAPHY Bendall, S. ", Num. Circular, 92:8 1984, pp. 256-7. Grierson, P. "A Coin of the Emperor Phocas with the effigy of Maurice", Numismatic Chronicle, 1964, pp. 250. "Solidi of Phocas and Heraclius", Numismatic Chronicle, 1959, pp. 131-154. Leuthold, Enrico, Sr. & Jr. "Solidi leggeri do XXIII silique degli im­ peratori Maurizio Tiberio, Foca ed Eraclio", Revis ta italiana di numismatica e scienze affini, 62, 1 960, pp. 146-154. _. "'N� « . DN ERACAIO CONSV AI The ex arch at Carthage, Hera­ clius, and his son of the same name, led a popular rebellion against the repressive rule of Phocas in AD 608.

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