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Live auction - bby_440679 - CONSTANTINE IV, HERACLIUS and TIBERIUS Solidus

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Estimate : 780 €
Price : 480 €
Maximum bid : 480 €
End of the sale : 12 September 2017 15:19:11
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Solidus
Date: 674-681
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1000 ‰
Diameter : 19,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,44 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 10e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan ovale bien centré avec une faiblesse de frappe sur les légendes. Beau portrait de Constantin IV. Héraclius et Tibère sont particulièrement bien venus à la frappe au revers. Conserve la plus grande de son brillant de frappe
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire a été acquis en juillet 1991 et provient de Conseils Placements


Obverse legend : DN - 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 legend : VICTOA - A-VGY/ -|-// 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).


Sur cet exemplaire le casque est orné d’un plumet et de la crinière. Au revers, la lettre d’officine n’est pas bien venue à la frappe.

Historical background


(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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