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E-auction 520-434919 - bby_418080 - HERACLIUS and HERACLIUS CONSTANTINE Follis

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Estimate : 350 €
Price : 94 €
Maximum bid : 179 €
End of the sale : 03 April 2023 15:36:40
bidders : 10 bidders
Type : Follis
Date: an 7
Mint name / Town : Seleucia (Isauria)
Metal : copper
Diameter : 31 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 12,01 g.
Rarity : R2
Officine: 1re
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un flan large et irrégulier bien centré des deux côtés avec d’importantes traces de surfrappe mais sans usure particulière. Jolie patine marron foncé


Obverse description : Héraclius à gauche et Héraclius Constantin à droite debout de face, couronnés, vêtus de la chlamyde, tenant chacun un globe crucigère de la main droite ; au milieu une croisette.


Reverse legend : A/N/N/O - B/ GI//[SELISY.
Reverse description : M surmontée d'un chrisme.
Reverse translation : (An 7/ Séleucie).


Surfrappé sur un follis (trace au reverde l’atelier d’Antioche. Avec la marque d’atelier au revers, on pourrait penser à la Sicile ou à Syracuse. Ce type est très rare et semble bien conservé pour ce type de monnayage.

Historical background



Heraclius had been prefect of Africa since the reign of Maurice Tiberius. With his son, also named Heraclius, he revolted against the tyranny of Phocas. The sedition broke out in the summer of 608 and quickly the Heracliids controlled Carthage and Alexandria as well as Cyprus. On October 4, 610, Heraclius landed in Constantinople, overthrew Phocas and had him put to death. The reign of Heraclius began badly. The Sassanids occupied Asia Minor and in particular Jerusalem. From 622, Heraclius resumed the offensive and Jerusalem became Christian again in 628. Heraclius recovered the true cross, symbol of the new type of solidus. He married Martine, his niece, in second marriage. She was the mother of Heraclonas, born in 626, created Caesar in 630, associated with the throne in 638. After the death of Heraclius, on January 11, 641, Heraclius Constantine in turn disappeared on April 20, 641. This is the son of Martine, Heraclonas, who ascended the throne. As early as September, Heraclonas was obliged to crown his nephew Constans as co-emperor. He was deposed in October, mutilated and exiled with his mother to Rhodes.

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