Tiberius II Constantine. 578-582 AD. Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, Dated RY 5 = AD 579

Tiberius II Constantine. 578-582 AD. Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, Dated RY 5 = AD 579

475.00

Æ Decanummium, 2.81g (19mm, 6h). Garbled legend, crowned and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger and shield / Large X; cross above, mintmark below, ANNO to left and Ч (date) to right.

References: DOC 51; MIB 57; Sear 455

Grade: Irregular shaped flan but beautiful strike and nice surfaces for type. EF . (bz1026)

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Tiberius II was regent under the previous emperor Justin II. Originally Tiberius II was positioned as a notarius, someone who writes up documents. However, In 552 he was introduced by the Patriarch Eutychius (considered now a saint) to Justin II who quickly became friends with Tiberius. He was eventually placed as regent for Justin II for four years. During that time Justin made Tiberius his chosen successor. When Justin died in 578 AD, Tiberius became emperor nine days later. 

Tiberius has been compared to the first century ruler Titus in terms of economic generosity. He gave away an abundance of money but in the end it was at a disadvantage to the Empire. This led to financial difficulties that he could not repair. Tiberius only reigned for four years. He died from a food borne illness or could have been poisoned. He chose Maurice, who also married one of his two daughters, to be his successor.