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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.