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bby_451545 - CONSTANTINE IV, HERACLIUS and TIBERIUS Demi-follis

CONSTANTINE IV, HERACLIUS and TIBERIUS Demi-follis VF/VF
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Price : 150.00 €
Type : Demi-follis
Date: c. 668-681
Mint name / Town : Carthage
Metal : copper
Diameter : 18,5 mm
Orientation dies : 4 h.
Weight : 4,11 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale, centré au droit, décentré au revers à l’usure très importante, mais identifiable. Patine verte
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Obverse


Obverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Obverse description : Grands bustes de Constantin IV au milieu avec Héraclius à gauche et Tibère à droite, couronnés, vêtus de la chlamyde.

Reverse


Reverse legend : ANÉPIGRAPHE.
Reverse description : Grand monogramme (TK), accosté d'une omega entre une croix et une croisette.

Commentary


Divisionnaire rare.Au revers, le kappa sert de marque de valeur (20 noummia) et de marque d’atelier. Carhtage sera définitivement perdue avant la fin du VIIe siècle sous Léonce en 698. C’est la première fois que nous proposons ce type à al vente.

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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