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bby_398953 - CONSTANTINE IV, HERACLIUS and TIBERIUS Hexagramme

CONSTANTINE IV, HERACLIUS and TIBERIUS Hexagramme XF
950.00 €(Approx. 1102.00$ | 807.50£)
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Type : Hexagramme
Date: c. 669-674
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : silver
Diameter : 23 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 5,64 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan irrégulier, bien centré à l’usure régulière. Beau portrait de Constantin IV avec la légende longue et complète. Joli revers. Patine de collection
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Obverse


Obverse legend : D N CONSTAN-TINYS E CONST.
Obverse description : Buste couronné, coiffé du casque à plumet, cuirassé, de face, tenant une haste de la main droite reposant sue l’épaule droite et un bouclier.
Obverse translation : (Dominus Noster Constantinus et Constans).

Reverse


Reverse legend : DEYS ADIUTA ROMANIS.
Reverse description : Croix potencée posée sur un globe et deux degrés, accosté à gauche d’Héraclius et de Tibère à droite, tous les deux couronnés, vêtus de la chlamyde, tenant chacun un globe crucigère ; Tibère est plus petit que son frère.
Reverse translation : (Dieu aide les Romains).

Commentary


Ce type semble beaucoup plus rare que ne le laissent supposer les ouvrages généraux. C’est la première fois que nous le proposons à la 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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