Mint State Byzantine Gold Solidus! Over 1400 years old!
This Gold Solidus dates from the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Phocas (602 - 610 AD). His reign was marked by violence from the beginning. In 602, after rising through the ranks in the army, Phocas took advantage of the miltary's displeasure with the Emperor Maurice, and had him killed, thus proclaiming himself as the new emperor. He was popular at first, but his mismanagement of the empire led to him making many enemies. Phocas responded to this by executing thousands in an attempt to spread fear and keep his power. The tyranny had become too much of a strain on the empire, and after only eight years on the throne Phocas himself was executed by is own successor, Heraclius.
This coin contains approx. 4.4g actual Gold weight and was produced at the Constantinople mint. The obverse shows a facing bust of Phocas. with the legend: dNN FOCAS PERP AVG.
The reverse shows VICTORIA AVGY and an angel standing holding a long staff. CONOB (which translates to Constantinople Gold) appears below. Officinae I.
This coin is graded Mint State by NGC! These are outstanding examples of well preserved coins that are almost 1400 years old!