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Herakleios, Copper, Follis, Jerusalem, 614

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Herakleios wearing crown with trefoil and holding eagle-topped scepter in right hand. Dotted border.

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Reverse

with cross above, |N|N|O in left field, and II|II in right field.

Exergue

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Obverse

Frontal bust of Herakleios wearing crown with trefoil and holding eagle-topped scepter in right hand. Dotted border.

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Reverse

with cross above, |N|N|O in left field, and II|II in right field.

Exergue

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Accession number BZC.2001.5
Ruler Herakleios
Date of Reign 610–641
Metal Copper
Denomination Follis
Mint Jerusalem
Date 614
Diameter 30.0 mm
Weight 15.53 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Same obverse die as MIB 3:302, no. X27 (all the other specimens have the same die according to Pottier). This coin has traces of overstriking on its reverse. The other similar specimens known to Metlich (“Another Heraclius Follis from Jerusalem,” nos. 10–11, plate 16) are overstruck on Justinian's folles, which explains their higher weight, surprising for an emergency issue in a besieged city. A specimen from the same dies as this one was offered to the Israel Museum in 1999 by Maryon and Abraham Sofaer from Palo Alto, California (“Selected Acquisitions,” 104–5).  

MIB 3:302, nos. X27–X28, plate 14.

Acquisition History

From Sternberg Sale 35, 28–29 October 2000, lot 968