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Herakleios, Gold, Solidus, Carthage, 611-612

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Herakleios wearing cuirass and crown with pendilia and cross on circlet. Globus cruciger in right hand.

Reverse

Cross potent on three steps.

VICTORI-VCCIE

Exergue

CONOB

Obverse

Frontal bust of Herakleios wearing cuirass and crown with pendilia and cross on circlet. Globus cruciger in right hand.

Reverse

Cross potent on three steps.

VICTORI-VCCIE

Exergue

CONOB

Accession number BZC.1999.1
Ruler Herakleios
Date of Reign 610–641
Metal Gold
Denomination Solidus
Mint Carthage
Date 611612
Diameter 21.0 mm
Weight 4.43 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This type is not cited in DOC. It belongs to a rare series of indictionally dated coins of greater diameter than the usual small, thick flans issued by the Carthage mint. The series is known from only four other specimens: (14 = 610/611) in the British Museum (MIB 3:219, no. 91.1); (15 = 611/612) in the former Kapamadji collection (MIB 3:219, no. 91.2) and in the former Van Cleef collection; and A (1 = 612/613) in the former Fairhead collection (MIB 3:219, no. 91.3).

MIB 3:219, no. 91E

J. B. Harlan, Roman Gold Coins of the Medieval World, 383–1453, no. 135.

Acquisition History

From Spink’s Numismatic Circular 107 (1999): no. 722, from H. Berk Collection, no. 135