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Herakleios, Herakleios Constantine, and Heraklonas (638–41)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.534 (formerly DO 58.106.534)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 17.3.


28 mm
26 mm
Reverse is corroded.


Herakleios, Herakleios Constantine, and Heraklonas (638–41)

The Mother of God standing, wearing a chiton and maphorion, and holding Christ before her. A cross potent at left and right. Wreath border.


Herakleios, Herakleios Constantine, and Heraklonas (638–41)

Three emperors standing: in center, Herakleios, bearded; at left, Heraklonas, beardless; and at right, Herakleios Constantine, beardless. Each figure wears a crown with a cross and a chlamys and holds a globus cruciger in his right hand. Each emperor wears his hair long at the side and curled. No inscription. Wreath border.



The empress Martina’s eldest surviving son, Heraklonas, who was born in Lazica in 625 or 626, was raised to the rank of caesar on 1 January 632 and became an augustus in July of 638.  Early coins depict a diminutive Heraklonas wearing a cap with a cross above his head.  The transition from cap to crown with cross is generally considered as signalling Heraklonas’s rise to augustus.  The increasing size of Heraklonas relative to Herakleios Constantine marks the passage of years.

Heraklonas is depicted as shorter than Herakleios Constantine. Each emperor is shown wearing a crown with a relatively large cross, each shaft decorated at the ends with a thick pellet, in contrast to the crosses decorating the crowns on BZS.1958.106.508 and BZS.1958.106.546, which are composed of shafts that widen into triangles. Herakleios’s hair is quite full.


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