Ancient Gold Byzantine Solidus Coin Of Emperor Focas / Phocas - 602 Ad
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Ancient Gold Byzantine Solidus Coin Of Emperor Focas / Phocas - 602 Ad:
A solid gold ancient Byzantine solidus ofEmperor Phocas, struck 602 - 610 A.D.
The obverse depicts the bust ofFocas, with cross-topped crown and holding the globus cruciger in his right hand. The globus symbolises Christ's authority over the world, and by proxy the authority of the Byzantine ruler, in this case Focas.Thelegend reads;
d[ominvs] NN[oster] FOCAS PERP[etvvs] AVG[vstvs]
"Our Lord Focas,Eternal Emperor"
The reverse shows an angel standing holding staff mounted with Christogram in right hand andglobus cruciger in the left. The legend reads;
"To the Victory of the Emperors"
CONOB in exergue.
CONOB - Literally translated as, "Constantinopoli obryzum". The solidus weighed 1/72 (4.45g) of the Roman pound. "OB" was used as both an abbreviation for the word obryzum, translated as, 'refined' or 'pure gold' and as the Greek numeral 72. Thus, the exergue inscription CONOB may be read "Constantinople, 1/72 pound pure gold." -- Byzantine Coinage by Philip GriersonDiameter: 21 mm.
Weight: 4.45 g.
Ex British private collection.
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