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Gold coins of Phocas Byzantine Emperor

November 23 602 through October 5 610

Of barbarian descent, Phocas was a military leader that over threw Maurice Tiberius.  His reign, however, was a total disaster, with civil war with the nobelman and having all boundaries of the empire threatened simultaneously.  He followed an orthodox religious policy which made him very popular in Italy, however, this was not enough to stop the revolt of the Heraclii that ultimatly ended with his execution.

 

Solidus

Constantinople

W-1    DO-1    Sear-616   Berk-98    MIB-5

Byzant gold coin
 
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W1, S-616, DOC-1, Berk-98, MIB-5, R-1195, BMC-5, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 4.49g
Diameter - 21.2 mm
Die Axis - 180°
Accepted Striking Period - 602-603
Officinae - I
Obverse Image - Phocas facing, draped and cuirassed wearing crown with pendila holding globus with cross on left 
Obverse Legend - ONFOCAS-PERPAVG
Reverse Image - Standing Angel facing hold staff with Christogram on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVVGI, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, polished
Strike - Complete
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC) 
This Coin's Uniqueness - Some flat spots on flan edge probably created at time of minting
Desirability - High
Rarity - Scarce (50 to 250 known) 
Provenance - Purchased from Vecchi Sale 14, Lot 1444 - February 1999
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $800.00 - $1000.00

 

 

 


W-2    DO-2    Sear-617   Berk-NA    MIB-6
W-3    DO-NA   Sear-617a  Berk-NA    MIB-3

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W3, S-617a, DOC-NA, Berk-NA, MIB-3, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 4.45g
Diameter - 19.8 mm
Die Axis - 180°
Accepted Striking Period - 602-603
Officinae - H
Obverse Image - Phocas facing, draped and cuirassed wearing crown with pendila holding globus with cross on left 
Obverse Legend - DMNFOCAE-PERPAVG
Reverse Image - Standing Angel facing hold staff with Christogram on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVVGH, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, polished
Strike - 90% Complete
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - Minimal, if any
Overall Condition Rating - Almost Mint State (XF+) 
This Coin's Uniqueness - Elongated flan, die break on right side of nose on obverse
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Rare (10 to 20 known) 
Provenance - Purchased from Harlan Berk - March 1998
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $750.00 - $900.00

 

 


W-4    DO-NA   Sear-617b  Berk-NA    MIB-4
W-5    DO-3    Sear-622   Berk-96    MIB-1

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
Denomination - Consular Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W5, S-622, DOC-3, Berk-96, MIB-1, R-1200, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 4.46g
Diameter - 22.5 mm
Die Axis - 182°
Accepted Striking Period - 602
Officinae - E
Obverse Image - Phocas facing, wearing consular robes, crown with pendila, holding mappa on left and cross on right 
Obverse Legend - ONFOCAE-PERPAVG
Reverse Image - Standing Angel facing hold staff with Christogram on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVVGH, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine
Strike - 80% Complete (This issue is plagued with striking problems, with this example being one of the best.)
Flan Quality - Good, 90% centered
Wear - Minimal, if any
Overall Condition Rating - Almost Mint State (XF+) 
This Coin's Uniqueness - Weakness on right legends on obverse, otherwise, a superiorly struck example
Desirability - High
Rarity - Scarce (50 to 250 known) 
Provenance - Purchased from Ponterio Sale 104, Lot 332 - November 1999
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $750.00 - $1000.00

 

 


W-6    DO-4    Sear-623   Berk-97    MIB-2

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
Denomination - Consular Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W6, S-623, DOC-4, Berk-97, MIB-2, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 4.31g
Diameter - 19.7 mm
Die Axis - 182°
Accepted Striking Period - 603
Officinae - E
Obverse Image - Phocas facing, wearing consular robes, crown without pendila, holding mappa on left and cross on right 
Obverse Legend - ONFOCAS-PERPAVG
Reverse Image - Standing Angel facing hold staff with Christogram on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVVGH, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Average
Strike - 80% Complete
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - Noticable
Overall Condition Rating - Good Very Fine (gVF) 
This Coin's Uniqueness - Encrustations on reverse in most devices
Desirability - High
Rarity - Scarce (50 to 250 known) 
Provenance - Purchased from Ponterio Sale 104, Lot 332 - November 1999
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $500.00 - $750.00

 

 

 


W-7    DO-5    Sear-618   Berk-99    MIB-7

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W7, S-618, DOC-5, Berk-99, MIB-7, R-1189, BMC-4, BN-2
Weight in Grams - 4.43g
Diameter - 20.9 mm
Die Axis - 180°
Accepted Striking Period - 603-607
Officinae - H
Obverse Image - Phocas facing, draped and cuirassed wearing crown without pendila, holding globus with cross on left 
Obverse Legend - ONFOCAS-PERPAVG
Reverse Image - Standing Angel facing hold staff with Christogram on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVVGH, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, polished
Strike - Complete
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC) 
This Coin's Uniqueness - A few encrustations in lettering
Desirability - Must Have
Rarity - Common (More than 250 known) 
Provenance - Purchased from Harlan Berk - April 1993
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $450.00 - $650.00

 

 


W-8    DO-6    Sear-619   Berk-100   MIB-8
W-9    DO-10   Sear-620   Berk-101   MIB-9
W-10   DO-NA   Sear-NA    Berk-NA   MIB-NA

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W9, S-NA, DOC-NA, Berk-NA, MIB-NA, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA 
Weight in Grams - 4.48g
Diameter - 22.1 mm
Die Axis - 190°
Accepted Striking Period - 607-609
Officinae - E
Obverse Image - Phocas facing, draped and cuirassed wearing crown without Pendilia, holding globus with cross on left 
Obverse Legend - ONFOCAS-PERPAV (It is important that this piece is missing the G at the end of the legend)
Reverse Image - Standing Angel facing hold staff with Christogram on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVVGE, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, polished
Strike - 95% Complete
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC) 
This Coin's Uniqueness - Small area of die rust at Angel's feet on reverse
Desirability - Extremely Low
Rarity - Extremely Rare (2 to 5 known) I know of 3 examples all from the same set of dies 5/00
Provenance - Purchased from Leu Numismatik Sale 75, Lot 1629 - October 1999
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $750.00 - $900.00

 

 


W-11   DO-NA   Sear-620   Berk-102   MIB-11

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W10, S-620, DOC-NA, Berk-102, MIB-11, R-1186, BMC-1, BN-11
Weight in Grams - 4.45g
Diameter - 20.4 mm
Die Axis - 195°
Accepted Striking Period - 609-610
Officinae - E
Obverse Image - Phocas facing, draped and cuirassed wearing crown without pendila holding globus with cross on left 
Obverse Legend - dNNFOCAS-PERPAVG
Reverse Image - Standing Angel facing hold staff with Christogram on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVVGH, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, polished
Strike - Almost complete, with just a slight bit of weakness on left lettering
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC) 
This Coin's Uniqueness - None
Desirability - Must Have
Rarity - Common (More than 250 known) 
Provenance - Purchased from Dallas Rare Coins - November 1995
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $350.00 - $500.00

 

 


W-12   DO-11   Sear-621   Berk-103   MIB-10
W-13   DO-NA   Sear-621   Berk-NA    MIB-12

 

Carthage

W-14   DO-107  Sear-680   Berk-NA    MIB-31
W-15   DO-108  Sear-681   Berk-111   MIB-32

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Carthage
Reference Information - W14, S-681, DOC-108, Berk-111 (This Coin), MIB-32, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-2
Weight in Grams - 4.47g
Diameter - 16.1 mm
Die Axis - 178°
Accepted Striking Period - 605-606
Officinae - (Theta)
Obverse Image - Phocas facing, draped and cuirassed wearing crown with pendila holding globus with cross on left 
Obverse Legend - DNFOCAS-PERPAN(Theta)
Reverse Image - Standing Angel facing hold staff with Christogram on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVVG(Theta), CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, some roughness in fields
Strike - Almost Complete, with a slight weakness on left lettering on reverse
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - Minimal, if any
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (MS) 
This Coin's Uniqueness - Light encrustations on lower devices on obverse
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Scarce (50 to 250 known) 
Provenance - Purchased from Sotheby's Sale 7214, Lot 183 - November 1998
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $800.00 - $1000.00

 

 

 


W-16   DO-111  Sear-681a  Berk-NA    MIB-33
W-17   DO-NA   Sear-681a  Berk-NA    MIB-34

 

Jerusalem/Cyprus

W-18   DO-NA   Sear-677   Berk-NA    MIB-30
W-19   DO-NA   Sear-NA    Berk-NA    MIB-NA

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Jerusalem/Cyprus
Reference Information - W18, S-NA, DOC-NA, Berk-NA, MIB-NA, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 4.42g
Diameter - 20.7 mm
Die Axis - 175°
Accepted Striking Period - ?
Officinae - IE
Obverse Image - Phocas facing, draped and cuirassed wearing crown without pendila holding globus with cross on left 
Obverse Legend - ONFOCAS-PERPAVG
Reverse Image - Standing Angel facing hold staff with Christogram on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORIA-AVGUIE, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine
Strike - Almost Complete
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - Slight
Overall Condition Rating - Extra Fine (XF) 
This Coin's Uniqueness - Hammered edge and small scratches on right side of both obverse and reverse
Desirability - High
Rarity - Unique (Only 1 known) (Same as MIB 30 with the exception of IE instead of IN)
Provenance - Purchased from Harlan Berk - December 1997
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $2500.00 - $3500.00

 

 

 

 

Ravenna

W-20   DO-124  Sear-697   Berk-NA    MIB-42
W-21   DO-NA   Sear-697   Berk-NA    MIB-43

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Ravenna
Reference Information - W20, S-697, DOC-NA, Berk-NA, MIB-43, R-1201, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 4.42g
Diameter - 20.9 mm
Die Axis - 165°
Accepted Striking Period - 603-604
Officinae - B
Obverse Image - Phocas facing, draped and cuirassed wearing crown with pendila holding globus with cross on left 
Obverse Legend - DNFOCAS-PERPAVG
Reverse Image - Standing Angel facing hold staff with Christogram on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVVGB, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Superb, polished
Strike - Complete
Flan Quality - Excellant, 100% centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC) 
This Coin's Uniqueness - None
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Scarce (50 to 250 known) 
Provenance - Purchased from Sotheby's Sale 7214, Lot 185 - December 1998
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $3000.00 - $3500.00

 

 


W-22   DO-125  Sear-698   Berk-NA    MIB-45a
W-23   DO-NA   Sear-698   Berk-NA    MIB-45b
W-24   DO-NA   Sear-698   Berk-NA    MIB-45c
W-25   DO-NA   Sear-699   Berk-NA    MIB-41

 

Rome

W-26   DO-NA   Sear-693   Berk-NA    MIB-37a
W-27   DO-NA   Sear-693   Berk-NA    MIB-37b
W-28   DO-NA   Sear-693a  Berk-NA    MIB-38

 

Thessalonica

W-28   DO-41   Sear-648   Berk-109   MIB-44
W-29   DO-42   Sear-649   Berk-NA    MIB-39

 

Light Weight Solidus - 23 Siliquae

Constantinople

W-1    DO-7    Sear-624   Berk-NA    MIB-14
W-2    DO-NA   Sear-624   Berk-NA    MIB-17
W-3    DO-NA   Sear-624a  Berk-NA    MIB-13a
W-4    DO-NA   Sear-624a  Berk-NA    MIB-13b
W-5    DO-NA   Sear-625   Berk-NA    MIB-15
W-6    DO-NA   Sear-625   Berk-NA    MIB-16

 

Light Weight Solidus - 22 Siliquae

Constantinople

W-1    DO-8    Sear-626   Berk-NA    MIB-18
W-2    DO-13a  Sear-627   Berk-NA    MIB-19

 

Light Weight Solidus - 20 Siliquae

Constantinople

W-1    DO-9    Sear-628   Berk-NA    MIB-20
W-2    DO-14   Sear-629   Berk-NA    MIB-21

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
Denomination - 20 Siliquae Light Weigh Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W2, S-629, DOC-14, Berk-NA, MIB-21, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 3.59g
Diameter - 20.7 mm
Die Axis - 190°
Accepted Striking Period - 607-609
Officinae - E
Obverse Image - Phocas facing, draped and cuirassed wearing crown holding globus with cross on left 
Obverse Legend - DNFOCAS-PERPAVG
Reverse Image - Standing Angel facing hold staff with Christogram on left and globus without a cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVVGE, OBXX in exergue
Die Quality - Superb, polished with light die lines on obverse
Strike - Almost Complete
Flan Quality - Excellant, 95% centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC) 
This Coin's Uniqueness - Reverse is slightly off center with some weakness at the top of the left legends
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Very Rare (5 to 10 known) 
Provenance - Purchased from Ponterio's Sale 106, Lot 306 - April 2000
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $3000.00 - $3500.00

 

 

 


W-3    DO-NA   Sear-629   Berk-NA    MIB-22

 

Semissis

Constantinople

W-1    DO-15   Sear-630   Berk-NA    MIB-23a
W-2    DO-NA   Sear-630a  Berk-NA    MIB-23b
W-3    DO-16   Sear-631   Berk-105   MIB-25

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
Denomination - Semissis
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W3, S-631, DOC-16, Berk-105, MIB-25, R-1205, BMC-28, BN-32
Weight in Grams - 2.19g
Diameter - 18.2 mm
Die Axis - 185°
Accepted Striking Period - 607-610
Officinae - NA
Obverse Image - Phocas facing right, beardless, diademed, draped and cuirassed 
Obverse Legend - dNFOCAS-PERAVG
Reverse Image - Victory advancing to the right, holding a wreath on left and globus with cross on right
Reverse Legend - VICTORIA-AVGU, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine
Strike - Almost Complete, slight weakness at lower obverse and upper reverse
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - Minimal, if any
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (MS) 
This Coin's Uniqueness - Die rust and encrustation at 11 o'clock on obverse rim
Desirability - High
Rarity - Commom (More than 250 known) 
Provenance - Purchased from Numismatica Ars Classica Sale 11, Lot 582 - May 1998
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $350.00 - $500.00

 

 


W-4    DO-NA   Sear-NA    Berk-106   MIB-25var
W-5    DO-NA   Sear-631a  Berk-NA    MIB-24

 

Thessalonica

W-6    DO-43   Sear-650   Berk-NA    MIB-46

 

Tremissis

Constantinople

W-1    DO-18   Sear-633   Berk-NA    MIB-26

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
Denomination - Tremissis
Minted At - Constantinople (Hahn says Sicily and this piece was reported to have been found in Sicily)
Reference Information - W2, S-633, DOC-18, Berk-NA, MIB-26, R-1208, BMC-33, BN-35
Weight in Grams - 1.45g
Diameter - 16.4 mm
Die Axis - 180°
Accepted Striking Period - 603-607
Officinae - NA
Obverse Image - Phocas facing right, beardless, diademed, draped and cuirassed
Obverse Legend - ONFOCA-SPPAVG
Reverse Image - Cross Potent
Reverse Legend - VICTORIFOCASAVG, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine, polished
Strike - Complete
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered, very slight ripple at 7 o'clock on both obverse and reverse
Wear - Minimal, if any
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (MS) 
This Coin's Uniqueness - Very slight flan ripple at 7 o'clock on both obverse and reverse
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Common (More than 250 known) 
Provenance - Purchased from Harlan Berk - May 1998
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $400.00 - $600.00

 

 

 


W-2    DO-19   Sear-634   Berk-107   MIB-27
W-3    DO-NA   Sear-NA    Berk-108   MIB-18

 

Carthage

W-4    DO-17   Sear-632   Berk-NA    MIB-35

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
Denomination - Tremissis
Minted At - Carthage
Reference Information - W12, S-632, DOC-17, Berk-110 (This Coin), MIB-35, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 1.41g
Diameter - 15.3 mm
Die Axis - 180°
Accepted Striking Period - 605-606 (?)
Officinae - (Delta) (Indictional ?)
Obverse Image - Phocas facing right, bearded, diademed, draped and cuirassed
Obverse Legend - ONFOCAS-PERPAVG
Reverse Image - Cross Potent
Reverse Legend - VICTORI- AAVGG(Delta)
Die Quality - Fine
Strike - Almost Complete, with slight weakness at top of reverse legends
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered, slight flan ripples
Wear - Minimal
Overall Condition Rating - Extra Fine (XF)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Very slight flan ripple at 7 o'clock on both obverse and reverse
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Unknown
Provenance - Purchased from Sotheby's Sale 7214, Lot 184 - November 1998
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $1500.00 - $2000.00

 

 

 

 

 

Carthagena

W-5    DO-136  Sear-709   Berk-NA    MIB-36

 

Ravenna

W-6    DO-128  Sear-700   Berk-NA    MIB-47
W-7    DO-NA   Sear-700   Berk-NA    MIB-48
W-8    DO-NA   Sear-701   Berk-NA    MIB-51

 

Rome

W-9    DO-NA   Sear-693b  Berk-NA    MIB-40a
W-10   DO-NA   Sear-693b  Berk-NA    MIB-40b
W-11   DO-NA   Sear-693c  Berk-NA    MIB-N40

 

Thessalonica

W-12   DO-44   Sear-651   Berk-NA    MIB-49
W-13   DO-45   Sear-652   Berk-NA    MIB-50

 

Half Tremissis

Constantinople

W-1    DO-NA   Sear-635a  Berk-NA    MIB-28
W-2    DO-20   Sear-635   Berk-NA    MIB-29