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Herakleios, Copper, Half Follis, Alexandria ad Issum, circa 608-circa 610

 
 

Obverse

Frontal busts of Herakleios and his father, both bearded, bareheaded, and wearing consular robes. Cross between their heads.

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Reverse

with cross above, |N|[N|O] in left field, XIIII in right field, and below.

Obverse

Frontal busts of Herakleios and his father, both bearded, bareheaded, and wearing consular robes. Cross between their heads.

[  ]ER[            ]

Reverse

with cross above, |N|[N|O] in left field, XIIII in right field, and below.

Accession number BZC.1970.27.4
Ruler Herakleios
Associated Authority Herakleios the Elder
Metal Copper
Denomination Half Follis
Mint Alexandria ad Issum
Date circa 608circa 610
Diameter 22.0 mm
Weight 4.16 g
Relation of Dies 1:00
Shape Flat
Undertype

Half follis of Phokas, Nikomedeia

Commentary

Hahn and Metlich (MIBEC 69) convincingly reject Grierson’s attribution to Alexandria ad Issum. After the publication of DOC 2, Grierson was not so sure of this attribution. It seems most likely in fact that the Herakleioi chose to strike coins either at existing mints, like Carthage and Alexandria, or in places where metal was readily available, like Cyprus.

MIBEC 206, no. 17 (citing this coin as DO [n.a.] together with four other specimens, and assigning it to Alexandria).

Acquisition History

From Henry Weller, 1 July 1970