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

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller forumancientcoins (5,651) 100%, Location: Morehead City, North Carolina, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 401748465207 Byzantine Empire, Tiberius III Apsimar, Late 698 - Summer 705 A.D.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. All coins of Tiberius III are scarce or rare. 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, references: Anastasi 341; DOC II part 1, 33; Wroth BMC 18; MIB 80; SBCV 1396; condition: aVF, red and green patina, well centered on a ragged flan, mint: Syracuse, weight: 2.651g, maximum diameter: 21.6mm, die axis: 180o, date struck: 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, $311 Forum Ancient Coins' Buy it Now eBay listings are priced to sell. We do NOT consider offers for our FIXED PRICE eBay listings. 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