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Ancient Byzantine 578 ~ 582 AD Tiberius II Constantine Gold Semissis S#424 Fine

Ancient Byzantine 578 ~ 582 AD Tiberius II Constantine Gold Semissis S#424 Fine

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Tiberius II ruled over the Byzantrine Empire for 4 short but very eventful years.

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Ancient Byzantine 578 ~ 582 AD Tiberius II Constantine Gold Semissis S#424 Fine

Emperor: Tiberius II Constantine

Obverse: Bust of Tiberius II to right, legend around. Legend: OM CONSTANTINUS PP AUG

Reverse: Cross potent above circle and CONOB. Legend: VICTOR TIBERIUS

Reference Numbers: S# 424

Diameter: 18.73mm Weight:2.18g Metal: Gold

Condition: Fine


Tiberius II ruled over the Byzantrine Empire for 4 short but very eventful years.

If coins such as this look a little rough, that is perhaps because this was one of the worst times in human history to be alive.

The late 6th century followed hot on the heels of outbreaks of the bubonic plague; volcanic eruptions and the very significant impacts on weather that had.

"Ask medieval historian Michael McCormick what year was the worst to be alive, and he's got an answer: "536." Not 1349, when the Black Death wiped out half of Europe. Not 1918, when the flu killed 50 million to 100 million people, mostly young adults. But 536. In Europe, "It was the beginning of one of the worst periods to be alive, if not the worst year," says McCormick, a historian and archaeologist who chairs the Harvard University Initiative for the Science of the Human Past."