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Herakleios, Gold, Solidus, Uncertain Mint, 610-613

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Herakleios with short beard wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and helmet with cross, plume, and pendilia. Globus cruciger in right hand.

DNRC-IVSPPVI

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps.

VICTORI-VΔ

Exergue

CONOB

Obverse

Frontal bust of Herakleios with short beard wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and helmet with cross, plume, and pendilia. Globus cruciger in right hand.

DNRC-IVSPPVI

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps.

VICTORI-VΔ

Exergue

CONOB

Accession number BZC.2002.5
Ruler Herakleios
Date of Reign 610–641
Metal Gold
Denomination Solidus
Mint Uncertain Mint
Date 610613
Diameter 21.0 mm
Weight 4.36 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This seems to have been struck in a provincial mint, possibly Thessalonike.

Cf. DOC 2.1:308, no. 131. Compare to MIB 3:218, no. 81 (= BNC pl. 08,09) for the obverse. The two specimens in the Paris collection come, through the Edmond de Rothschild donation, from the collection of Baron von Schellersheim, whose catalogue was published in Florence in 1800. The provenance of these coins from the Italian antiquarian market of the time suggests to Cécile Morrisson that these two solidi of Herakleios could have been struck by an Italian mint; see C. Morrisson, “Le don de la baronne Edmond de Rothschild au Cabinet des Médailles (1934),” 219–20.

 

Acquisition History

From A.H. Baldwin's Selection, 23 March 2002