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Herakleios, Gold, Solidus, Carthage, circa 607/608-circa 610

 
 

Obverse

Frontal view of two bare-headed busts wearing consular robes. Cross between heads.

DMNHERCIOCONSVII

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps.

VICTORI-CONSΛBI

Exergue

CONOB

Obverse

Frontal view of two bare-headed busts wearing consular robes. Cross between heads.

DMNHERCIOCONSVII

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps.

VICTORI-CONSΛBI

Exergue

CONOB

Accession number BZC.1977.4
Catalogue ID as DOC 2.1:213, no. (12)
Ruler Herakleios
Associated Authority Herakleios the Elder
Metal Gold
Denomination Solidus
Mint Carthage
Date circa 607/608circa 610
Diameter 19.0 mm
Weight 4.39 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat
Undertype

Solidus of unidentified ruler.

Commentary

This is a solidus of the good style, Class III. Philip Grierson believes this coin was restruck on a solidus of an unidentified ruler. There is a trace of a crown in the right field of the coin’s reverse.

Because of their large diameter, the solidi of this fabric were first assigned to the mint of Alexandria by Grierson. On the basis of the continuation in Carthage under Herakleios of two parallel series of solidi (one thick and smaller, the other larger and thinner) Hahn (MIBEC, p. 68) suggests that the present type was struck in Carthage to facilitate their circulation in the rest of the empire.

MIBEC 203, no. 2 (assigned to Carthage)

P. Grierson, “The Consular Coinage of ‘Heraclius’ and the Revolt against Phocas of 608–610.”

Acquisition History

From A. H. Baldwin’s Selection, 19 April 1977