Theodosius, with Maurice Tiberius and Constantia. 590-602. AR Half Siliqua Light weight issue. Carthage mint. Struck 597-602. Helmeted, draped, and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing DN TEODOSIVS PP A (Our lord Theodosius, eternal Augustus)/ Crowned and draped busts of Maurice and Constantia facing; long cross potent between; small cross to left and right; AGTI (Emperors) in exergue Theodosius' reign was rather tragic. Although being the first heir born to a reigning emperor in almost 200 years, his sole reign never came to be. Theodosius was elevated to the status of coemperor in the year 590 at the age of 5 or 7. One theory for the dating of these siliqua is that during this coronation period, these siliqua were minted in carthage to celebrate the occasion. Theodosius is shown as emperor on the obverse with his father and mother on the reverse. In 602, the general Phocas lead a revolt against the imperial family. Capturing Maurice and most of his children, Phocas had the imperial family executed in front of Maurice before killing the emperor last. Theodosius was able to escape and fled east to Persia. A few days later, however, he too was captured and killed. Alternative dating for these siliqua comes from the British Museum which states, "Rare coins struck at Carthage in his name upon the death of his father, news of Theodosius's simultaneous death not having been received." This would have a loyal Carthage mint producing coinage on behalf of the sole reigning emperor, Theodosius. To further complicate the dating of these issues, a man claiming to be Theodosius showed up in Byzantine Mesopotamia and was handed over to the Persian court for aid. Here, enlisting the help of the Shah (who himself was reinstated on the throne by Theodosius' father Maurice decades before), Theodosius fought against Phocas on behalf of the Persians. Normally, such claims of a deceased emperor surviving are dismissed as cynical propaganda attempts. However, this Theodosius-in-exile was actually able to convince multiple Byzantine cities both of his regnal identity and to have them surrender. This unusual success gives credence to the idea that Theodosius might have actually escaped from Phocas' clutches and made his way to the east. The third main theory for dating the siliqua of Theodosius falls during the start of this window with Byzantine Mesopotamia's initial revolt against Phocas before Theodosius-in-exile made his way to Persia.