Byzantine Emperor Tiberius II Constantine died today

14 Aug 2019  Wed

Tiberius II Constantine was a Byzantine (Eastern Roman Empire ) Emperor reigning from 578 to 582 AD. He rose to power in 574 when Justin II proclaimed Tiberius Caesar and adopted him as own son. Tiberius succeeded in defending the empire against the Persians to the east but suffered. He served in the campaign against the Avars in the Balkans under Justin II.

He issued gold, silver, and copper coins in the denomination of Solidus, Follis, and Nummus. These coins were struck at various mints such as Rome, Ravenna, Antioch, Carthage, Numidia, Sicilian, Cyzicus, and Constantinople etc.

The above shown gold Solidus was issued during his reign from Constantinople mint. The obverse of a coin portrays the crowned bust of Tiberius wearing consular robes holding Mappa and eagle-tipped sceptre with the cross. The reverse of a coin depicts cross potent on three steps, and mintmark CONOB in exergue.

Tiberius died on 14 August 582. He recognized Maurice, his commander in the Persian War, as his successor and crowned him emperor on August 13, one day before his own death.

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