Own a scarce gold solidus used by the wealthy elite of the Byzantine Empire over 1,400 years ago! Struck in the Byzantine capital of Constantinople during the A.D. 602-610 reign of tyrannical emperor Phocas, these carefully preserved gold coins are well centered with sharp detail. And the Choice Extra Fine pieces even show traces of original luster.
The obverse depicts Phocas, who usurped the Byzantine throne from Emperor Maurice. The reverse features an angel holding a staff surmounted with the Greek symbol Chi Rho – a representation of Christ. Phocas proved to be a suspicious leader who brutally purged his opponents, and his reign was marked by foreign attacks and domestic discontent. He was finally overthrown by a rebellion in 610 led by Heraclius, who executed Phocas and paraded his body through the streets. We have just a few gold coins available in a choice of two highly desirable grades – order quickly while supplies last!
- Material: Gold
- Product Type: Single Products
- Rulers: Phocas (A.D. 602 - 610)