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Likewise, the Latin " d" abbreviating the word Dominus is rendered as ""0 . Mixtures of upper and lower case letters are very com­ mon. The ruler's name appears sometimes on the obverse, sometimes on the reverse of the coin. Many of the emperors or empresses were given epithets or "nicknames" which reflected their family name, place of birth, notable deeds or physical features. For example, we find Pogo­ natus, "the bearded", Rhinotmetes, "slit-nosed", and Bulgaroctonos, "the Bulgar slayer" . These epithets are mentioned in the headings after the ruler 's name.

We hesitate to use the term "portrait gallery", as we did with the Romans in Volume III, because it would be a real stretch of the definition to call some of these representations portraits. Still, this is the method in which most collections of these coins are built. It is true that some collectors special­ ize in particular periods or mints, or in coins bearing on broader social or economic issues. But, like collectors of Roman coins the beginner in this series is likely to collect by ruler. There are many rarities among the coins portrayed here, and one should keep in mind that the purpose of this gallery is not to create a "penny board" where one can attempt to match one-for-one the coins on display.

D. D. 582", Numismatic Chronicle, 1 960, pp. 133-135. "An Unusual Pentanummia of Tiberius II", Numismatic Circular 57, 1949, p. 348. _. 5) MINTS Rome Ravenna Catania Syracuse Cherson Constantinople Thessalonica Nicomedia Cyzicus Theoupolis Alexandria Carthage Also, uncertain mints in: North Africa, Sicily, Spain and a "military mint" at some unknown location When Maurice came to the throne, he was already a popular figure due to his brilliant campaign against the Persians. An extensive coinage was issued under his reign, reflecting the success and prosper­ ity of his administration.

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