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Byzantine Catania, Sicily (c. 582 - 629)

Maurice Tiberius (582 - 602) established mints at Catania and Syracuse in Sicily.


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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Heraclius offered peace to Khusro, presumably in 624, threatening otherwise to invade Persia, but Khusro rejected the offer. Heraclius marched into Persia with an army of probably less than 25,000 men, willingly abandoning any attempt to secure his rear or maintain lines of communication. Heraclius fought brilliantly and bravely repeatedly defeated the Persian forces. When the war ended in 628, Khusro had been murdered by his own men, the Byzantines regained all their lost territories, their captured soldiers, a war indemnity, and most importantly for them, the True Cross and other relics that were lost in Jerusalem in 614.
BZ65615. Bronze decanummium, Anastasi 60; DOC II part 1, 255; Wroth BMC 409; SBCV 886; Hahn MIB 241, VF, weight 4.838 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Catania mint, 624 - 625 A.D.; obverse facing busts of Heraclius on left, bearded, and Heraclius Constantine on right, beardless; both crowned, draped and cuirassed; cross between their heads; reverse large I (10 nummi), ANNO right, X/IIII (year 15) right, CAT in exergue; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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This is a rare year for the type; missing from the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, the British Museum, and the BibliothŤque nationale de France. We did not find another example online.
BZ90407. Bronze decanummium, Anastasi 63; Tolstoi 303; Spahr 50; DOC II 258 (not in coll., refs Tolstoi); Hahn MIB 241; Sommer 11.117; SBCV 885; Wroth BMC -; Morrisson BnF -, F, tight flan, weight 5.511 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Catania mint, 627 - 628 A.D.; obverse facing busts of Heraclius on left, bearded, and Heraclius Constantine on right, beardless; both crowned, draped and cuirassed; cross between their heads; reverse large I (10 nummi), ANNO right, X/GII (year 18) right, CAT in exergue; rare year; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius, 5 October 610 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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BZ83405. Bronze decanummium, Anastasi 49, DOC II part 1, 251; SBCV 885, Hahn 240, EF, weight 3.718 g, maximum diameter 13.8 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Catania mint, 620 - 621 A.D.; obverse D N ERACLI P P AVG (or similar, blundered), crowned, draped and cuirassed bust facing, short beard, globus cruciger in right; reverse large I (10 nummi), ANNO left, X (year 10) right, CAT in exergue; a superb coin for the type; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D., Catania, Sicily

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

The Catania mint was opened by Maurice Tiberius at the beginning of his reign.† Sear describes this coin as scarce.† Rynearson identifies it as very scarce.
BZ06197. Bronze decanummium, Anastasi 6, SBCV 581, DOC I 265, Hahn MIB 136d, Wroth BMC 252, Morrisson BnF 1, F/VF, attractive dark patina, weight 3.27 g, maximum diameter 15.2 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Catania mint, 582 - 583 A.D.; obverse D N MAVRC Tib P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right hand, shield in left hand; reverse large I (10 nummi), between A / N/ N / O and I, CAT in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection, ex Harlan J. Berk; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius, 5 October 610 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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BZ06200. Bronze decanummium, DOC II part 1, 251; Berk 605; Hahn 240, Choice VF, weight 4.32 g, maximum diameter 13.8 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Catania mint, 619 - 620 A.D.; obverse D N HERACLIVS P P AVG, crowned, draped and cuirassed bust facing with short beard holding globus cruciger in right; reverse large I (10 nummi), ANNO right, X (year 10) right, CAT in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection, ex Harlan J. Berk; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D., Catania, Sicily

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The Catania mint was opened by Maurice Tiberius at the beginning of his reign.
BZ11018. Bronze decanummium, Anastasi 13, Wroth BMC 256, DOC I 270 (not in the collection, references Wroth), Spaer 10, SBCV 581, EF, weight 2.551 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Catania mint, 588 - 589 A.D.; obverse D N mAVRC Tib P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right hand, shield in left hand; reverse large I (10 nummi), between A / N/ N / O and ςI, CAT in exergue; attractive dark patina, ex Coloseum Coin Exchange; very rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.

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About twice as thick and twice as heavy as a typical example.
BZ82587. Bronze decanummium, DOC I 274, SBCV 581, VF, extremely thick flan, weight 4.726 g, maximum diameter 13.1 mm, die axis 0o, Sicily, Catania mint, 594 - 595 A.D.; obverse [DN Tib MAV] - P P AVC, crowned and cuirassed bust facing, holding shield; reverse large I (mark of value) between ANNO and X/III (year 13), CAT in exergue; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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Heraclius offered peace to Khusro, presumably in 624, threatening otherwise to invade Persia, but Khusro rejected the offer. Heraclius marched into Persia with an army of probably less than 25,000 men, willingly abandoning any attempt to secure his rear or maintain lines of communication. Heraclius fought brilliantly and bravely repeatedly defeated the Persian forces. When the war ended in 628, Khusro had been murdered by his own men, the Byzantines regained all their lost territories, their captured soldiers, a war indemnity, and most importantly for them, the True Cross and other relics that were lost in Jerusalem in 614.
BZ64050. Bronze decanummium, Anastasi 62; DOC II part 1, 257; Wroth BMC 410; SBCV 886; Hahn MIB 241, VF, pit (flan defect?) on reverse, weight 5.067 g, maximum diameter 10.0 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Catania mint, 625 - 626 A.D.; obverse facing busts of Heraclius on left, bearded, and Heraclius Constantine on right, beardless; both crowned, draped and cuirassed; cross between their heads; reverse large I (10 nummi), ANNO right, X/ς (year 16) right, CAT in exergue; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius, 5 October 610 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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BZ27205. Bronze decanummium, DOC II part 1, 249; SBCV 885; Berk 605; Hahn 240, F, weight 4.365 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Catania mint, 617 - 618 A.D.; obverse D N HERACLIVS P P AVG, crowned, draped, and cuirassed bust facing with short beard holding globus cruciger in right; reverse large I (10 nummi), ANNO right, ςII (year 8) right, CAT in exergue; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D., Catania, Sicily

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The Catania mint was opened by Maurice Tiberius at the beginning of his reign.
BZ49312. Bronze decanummium, Anastasi 4, SBCV 580, DOC I 264, F/VF, weight 2.872 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Catania mint, 582 - 583 A.D.; obverse D N Tib mAVRIC PP AV, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right hand, shield in left hand; reverse large I (10 nummi), between A / N/ N / O and I, CAT in exergue; attractive dark patina; scarce; SOLD




  




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