Tiberius II Constantine. 26 September 578 – 14 August 582. Constantinople, struck in Year 5 of his reign, 578-579 AD

Tiberius II Constantine. 26 September 578 – 14 August 582. Constantinople, struck in Year 5 of his reign, 578-579 AD

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AE Follis, 16.23g (38mm, 6h). d m TIb CONS – TANT PP AVI Facing bust in consular robes, wearing diademed crown with cross on circlet and pendilia, holding mappa and eagle-tipped sceptre surmounted by cross. Rev. ANNO – Y Large M surmounted by cross; in exergue, CONA.

Pedigree: Ex NAC sale 82, 2015, 1336

References: DO 11a. MIBE 25. Sear 430

Grade: A lovely specimen with incredibly good strike. Reddish-brown tone and EF (bz1020)

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After the emperor Justin II began to lose his mind, his wife Sophia and Tiberius II Constantine, one of his generals, began to run the government. Sophia, who was the wife of Justin II (she was the niece of Theodora who was the consort to Justinian I). In 574 Justin proclaimed Tiberius II Constantine caesar by adopting him. On Sept. 26, 578, he was crowned emperor. Justin II died only four days later leaving Tiberius II completely in control.

During his relatively short reign, Tiberius had some initial success with making peace with the Persians. Unfortunately this was short-lived as the ailing king Khosrow I died in the middle of negotiations. His successor Hormizd IV was less interested in continuing discussion so talks failed. There were also increased tensions with the Avars (a group from the Balkans) that were never resolved.

Eventually Tiberius II’s health failed and a successor Maurice became emperor.