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v50_0093 - CONSTANTINE IV, HERACLIUS and TIBERIUS Solidus

CONSTANTINE IV, HERACLIUS and TIBERIUS Solidus MS/MS
MONNAIES 50 (2011)
Starting price : 550.00 €
Estimate : 850.00 €
Realised price : 790.00 €
Number of bids : 10
Maximum bid : 900.00 €
Type : Solidus
Date: 674-681
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1000 ‰
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,45 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 8e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle sur un petit flan ovale, parfaitement centré des deux côtés. Très beau portrait où tous les détails sont visibles. Revers bien venu à la frappe. Conserve l’intégralité de son brillant de frappe et de son coupant d’origine
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire provient du trésor d’Antalya (Turquie) et du stock Florange (Kapamadji) mars 1969

Obverse


Obverse legend : DN C...- A-NYS P.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé, casqué et cuirassé de Constantin IV de face, tenant de la main droite une lance placée sur l'épaule et un bouclier orné d’un cavalier de la main gauche.

Reverse


Reverse legend : VICTOA - A-VGYH/ -|-// CONOB.
Reverse description : Croix potencée posée sur trois degrés, accostée d'Héraclius à gauche et de Tibère à droite, couronnés, vêtus de la chlamyde, tenant chacun un globe crucigère.
Reverse translation : “Victoria Augusti”, (Victoire de l’auguste).

Commentary


Sur cet exemplaire, le cavalier est en train de transpercer un serpent (dragon).

Historical background


CONSTANTINE IV, and Tiberius HERACLIUS

(15/07/668-automne 681)

Associated to the throne from 659 by their father Constans II, Heraclius and Tiberius were deposited by their brother, Constantine IV, who succeeded his father in 668 after the assassination of the latter. He immediately had to face the Islamic thrust. Constantinople was threatened and besieged for four years. For the first time in siege warfare, the Greek fire was used to repel the attackers. Islamic fleet wiped heavy losses and the city was saved. Constantine IV also had to fight against the Bulgarian interference in the Balkans, where the Byzantines were finally beaten and forced to abandon their Moesia winners. He reigned only the last four years of his life and left the empire in 685 Justinian II.

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