Gold Solidus of Maurice Tiberius

2019-05-20 Mon

Maurice Tiberius was Eastern Roman Emperor from 582 to 602. He transforms the shattered late Roman Empire into a new and well-organized medieval Byzantine Empire. A prominent general, Maurice fought with success against the Sasanian Empire.

He was selected by Tiberius II Constantine as his successor. During the reign, he issued gold, silver, and copper coins in the denomination of Solidus, Follis, and Nummi.

Depicted here is a gold light-weight solidus of 23 siliquae issued during his reign from Theoupolis (Antioch) mint. The obverse of a coin depicts the Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing and holding globus cruciger and shield; star to right. Legend d N mAVRC TIb P P AVG depicted around. The reverse of a coin represents Victory standing facing, holding staurogram and globus cruciger; star to right; CONOB in exergue.

Image Source: Heritage Auctions