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Live auction - bby_464351 - HERACLIUS Solidus

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Estimate : 2 200 €
Price : 1 200 €
Maximum bid : 1 200 €
End of the sale : 06 March 2018 16:13:06
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Solidus
Date: 610-613
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1000 ‰
Diameter : 21,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,50 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 5e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle pour ce type de solidus sur un flan large parfaitement centré des deux côtés avec les grènetis complets. Portrait d’Héraclius magnifique. Revers bien venu à la frappe. Jolie patine avec des reflets dorés. Conserve l’intégralité de son brillant de frappe et de son coupant d’origine
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Obverse legend : D N HERALI-YS PP AVI.
Obverse description : Buste casqué, couronné et cuirassé d'Héraclius de face, barbu, tenant le globe crucigère de la main droite avec pendilia.
Obverse translation : “Dominus Noster Heraclius Perpetuus Augustus”, (Notre seigneur Héraclius perpétuel auguste).


Reverse legend : VICTORIA - AVGYE// CONOB.
Reverse description : Croix potencée posée sur quatre degrés.
Reverse translation : “Victoria Augusti”, (la Victoire de l’auguste).


Exemplaire de très joli style. Les pendilia sont directement suspendues à la couronne.

Historical background



Heraclius only (5/10/610-22/01/613)

Heraclius was prefect of Africa since the reign of Maurice Tiberius. With his son, also named Heraclius, he rebelled against the tyranny of Phocas. Sedition broke out in the summer of 608 and quickly Héracliides contrôlèrent Carthage and Alexandria and Cyprus. October 4, 610, Heraclius landed at Constantinople overthrew Phocas and put him to death. The reign of Heraclius began badly. The Sassanids occupied Asia Minor and Jerusalem in particular. From 622, Heraclius took the offensive and Jerusalem once again became Christian in 628. Heraclius recovered the true cross, symbol of the new type of solidus. He married Martine, his niece, his second wife. She was the mother of Héraclonas, born in 626, created Caesar in 630, associated to the throne in 638. After the death of Heraclius, 11 January 641, Heraclius Constantine disappeared in turn 20 April 641. He is the son of Martine, Héraclonas, who ascended the throne. From September, Héraclonas was forced to crown his nephew Constans as co-emperor. It was introduced in October, mutilated and exiled with his mother in Rhodes.

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