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Sasanian Empire, Khusro II, Occupation of Egypt, 618 - 628 A.D.

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During his temporary domination of Egypt, 618 - 628 A.D., Khusru allowed the Alexandria mint to continue issuing the normal Byzantine coinage, but substituted his portrait for the Byzantine emperor's. The sun and moon replaced the obverse legend, just as on contemporary Sasanian coinage. It may seem strange that a Persian king would wear a crown surmounted by a cross; however, his wife Sira was a Christian, he was a benefactor of the church of St. Sergius in Edessa, he honored the Virgin, and he sometimes wore a robe embroidered with a cross which he had received as a gift from the Emperor Maurice Tiberius. The Byzantine emperors resumed the imperial coinage of Alexandria after their recapture of Egypt in 628 A.D.
WA77071. Bronze 12 nummi, DOC II, part 1, 191; Hahn MIB 202b; Wroth BMC 277; Tolstoi 109; Ratto 1316; Morrisson BnF 10/Al/AE/32; SBCV 855; Sommer 11.92, aVF, as-found slightly rough near black patina, well centered, weight 10.428 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Alexandria mint, 618 - 628 A.D.; obverse bust of the Sassanid King Khusru II wearing a crown with pendilia and surmounted by a cross, star left, crescent moon right; reverse large I B with cross potent on globe between, AΛEZ in exergue; from the J. Berlin Caesarea Collection, Caesarea Maritima surface find; $120.00 (102.00)


Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.

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Although he looks quite young in the portrait, Tacitus was about 75 years old when he was made emperor and died after ruling only about seven months and personally leading his army in a successful campaign against a Gothic invasion.
RA90828. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 3485, BnF XII 1559, Venra 59 - 81, RIC V 89, SRCV III 11782, gVF, well centered, traces of silvering, slightly coarse green patina, tiny edge chip, weight 3.689 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, emission 2, Nov - Dec 275 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse LAETITIA FVND (well-founded rejoicing), Laetitia standing left, wreath in right hand, grounded anchor in left, XXIB in exergue; from the J. Berlin Caesarea Collection; $80.00 (68.00)







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