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

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.536 (DO 58.106.536)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 17.5

Details

Diameter:
28 mm
Weight:
20.66 g

Obverse

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

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

Reverse

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. Both Herakleios and Herakleios Constantine wear their hair long at the sides and curled, while Herakleios’s sidelocks are combed downward and outward. No inscription. Wreath border.

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Commentary

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.

The Mother of God seems to be bending her left leg at the knee. Heraklonas is depicted as shorter than Herakleios Constantine.

 

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