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Tiberius III, Late 698 - Summer 705

After the loss of Carthage to the Arabs in 698 the disgruntled Byzantine forces declared Apsimar emperor and laid siege to Constantinople. The emperor Leontius, who had only recently taken the throne from Justinian II, was easily defeated and Aspimar took the throne with the name Tiberius. Tiberius mutilated Leontius' nose and imprisoned him, just as Leontius had done to Justinian II. In 705, Justinian II returned to Constantinople with an army of Bulgars and Slavs. He gained entrance to the city by climbing through an aqueduct pipe and with the advantage of surprise regained his throne. Both Leontius and Tiberius were dragged through the streets in chains and beheaded.


Byzantine Empire, Tiberius III Apsimar, Late 698 - Summer 705 A.D., Overstruck on Leontius

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All coins of Tiberius III are scarce or rare.
BZ87447. Bronze half follis, DOC II part 2, 13, Hahn MIB 76, SBCV 1369, Wroth -, Tolstoi - Ratto -, Sommer -; overstruck on Leontius, half follis, 695-696 A.D., DOC II part 2, 8c, VF, very nice for the type, clear undertype, irregular flan - cut 1/4 of an earlier follis, weight 4.046 g, maximum diameter 28.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople mint, 701 - 702 A.D.; obverse no legend, Tiberius III standing facing, wearing crown with cross and military garb, globus cruciger in right hand, long cross in left hand; K and date II of undertype reverse diagonal on left; reverse large K (20 nummi), cross above, ANNO left, D (regnal year 4) right, obscure officina letter below; facing bust from undertype obverse visible on left, wearing crown with cross and loros, globus cruciger in right hand; extremely rare; SOLD


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All coins of Tiberius III are scarce or rare.
SH17759. Gold semissis, DOC II part 2, 3, SBCV 1362, Wroth BMC 7, Tolstoi 29, Ratto 1700, Morrisson BnF 4, Sommer -, F, weight 2.169 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse D TibERIUS PE AV, crowned and cuirassed bust facing, holds shield and spear diagonally in front of chest; reverse VICTORIA AVGU S (victory of the Emperor, 6th officina), cross potent on globus; flan a bit wavy; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Tiberius III Apsimar, Late 698 - Summer 705 A.D.

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After the Arabs took Carthage, the disgruntled army declared Tiberius emperor. He mutilated Leontius (the previous emperor), cutting off his nose, just as Leontius had done to Justinian II. After Justinian II attacked and regained his throne, both Leontius and Tiberius were beheaded.
BZ82678. Bronze follis, Anastasi 341; DOC II part 1, 33; Wroth BMC 18; MIB 80; SBCV 1396, aVF, red and green patina, well centered on a ragged flan, weight 2.651 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, late 698 - summer 705 A.D.; obverse Tiberius III standing facing, wearing crown with pendilia, and long tunic, long cross in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; reverse large M (40 nummi) between two crosses, Tiberius' monogram above, star below, SCL in exergue; rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Tiberius III Apsimar, Late 698 - Summer 705 A.D., Ancient Counterfeit

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BZ42385. Fouree gold plated semissis, cf. SBCV 1362 (official, solid gold, Syracuse mint), VF, most plating intact, weight 1.974 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, obverse d CBERA-TVS AV (sic), diademed and draped bust with body facing and head right; reverse VCTROIA - AVG (sic), cross potent on globus, A right; perhaps unique; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Tiberius III Apsimar, Late 698 - Summer 705 A.D.

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All coins of Tiberius III are scarce or rare.
BZ83407. Bronze follis, Anastasi 337, DOC II part 2, 32, Spahr 271, Tolstoi 60, Hahn MIB 79b, SBCV 1395, Sommer -, Wroth BMC -, Ratto -, gVF, weight 3.336 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, late 698 - summer 705 A.D.; obverse no legend, bust of Tiberius III facing, wearing loros and crown with cross, spear diagonally before body in right, shield ornamented with horseman on left shoulder, star left; reverse large M (40 nummi) between two palm fronds, Tiberius' monogram above, SCL in exergue; rare; SOLD


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All coins of Tiberius III are scarce or rare.
BZ83085. Bronze follis, Anastasi 341, DOC II part 2, 33, Wroth BMC 18, Tolstoi 58, Hahn MIB 80, Sommer 16.11, SBCV 1396, Ratto -, VF, weight 4.534 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, late 698 - summer 705 A.D.; obverse Tiberius III standing facing, wearing crown and long tunic, holding cross and globus cruciger; reverse large M (40 nummi) between two crosses, Tiberius' monogram above, star below, SCL in exergue; rare; SOLD


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All coins of Tiberius III are scarce or rare.
BZ83089. Bronze follis, Anastasi 337, DOC II part 2, 32, Spahr 271, Tolstoi 60, Hahn MIB 79b, SBCV 1395, Sommer -, Wroth BMC -, Ratto -, aVF, overstruck, nice green patina, edge cracks, weight 3.291 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, late 698 - summer 705 A.D.; obverse no legend, bust of Tiberius III facing, wearing loros and crown with cross, spear diagonally before body in right, shield ornamented with horseman on left shoulder, star left; reverse large M (40 nummi) between two palm fronds, Tiberius' monogram above, SCL in exergue; rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Tiberius III Apsimar, Late 698 - Summer 705 A.D.

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All coins of Tiberius III are scarce or rare.
BZ88336. Bronze follis, Anastasi 337, DOC II part 2, 32, Spahr 271, Tolstoi 60, Hahn MIB 79b, SBCV 1395, Sommer -, Wroth BMC -, Ratto -, gVF, well centered, green patina, encrustations, spots of light corrosion, edge splits, weight 4.097 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, late 698 - summer 705 A.D.; obverse no legend, bust of Tiberius III facing, wearing loros and crown with cross, spear diagonally before body in right, shield ornamented with horseman on left shoulder, star left; reverse large M (40 nummi) between two palm fronds, Tiberius' monogram above, SCL in exergue; ex CNG e-auction 233 (2 Dec 2009), lot 566; ex Peter Lee Collection; rare; SOLD


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All coins of Tiberius III are scarce or rare.
BZ83044. Bronze follis, Anastasi 337, DOC II part 2, 32, Spahr 271, Tolstoi 60, Hahn MIB 79b, SBCV 1395, Sommer -, Wroth BMC -, Ratto -, aVF, overstruck, weight 1.539 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, late 698 - summer 705 A.D.; obverse no legend, bust of Tiberius III facing, wearing loros and crown with cross, spear diagonally before body in right, shield ornamented with horseman on left shoulder, star left; reverse large M (40 nummi) between two palm fronds, Tiberius' monogram above, SCL in exergue; rare; SOLD


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Sear notes, "This type is sometimes struck on a triangular flan, probably obtained by quartering the large folles of Constantine IV." Our example is certainly overstruck on part of a larger earlier coin.
BZ17631. Bronze half follis, DOC II part 2, 12, Grierson 410, Hahn MIB 75, Sommer 16.6, SBCV 1368, Berk 797, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, VF, overstruck on a fragment, weight 2.245 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 698 - 699 A.D.; obverse crowned and cuirassed bust facing, holds spear diagonally across chest; reverse large K (20 nummi) between ANNO and regnal year, cross above; green patina, off-center; scarce; SOLD




  




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