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Constans II (Constantine), Heraklonas, Silver, Light Third Siliqua, Carthage, 641

 
 

Obverse

Frontal busts of two juvenile boys, each wearing chlamys and crown with trefoil inscription off flan. Cross between heads. 

[DNΕRCIIS]

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps. Pellet below. 

()VSΤI

Obverse

Frontal busts of two juvenile boys, each wearing chlamys and crown with trefoil inscription off flan. Cross between heads. 

[DNΕRCIIS]

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps. Pellet below. 

()VSΤI

Accession number BZC.2015.006
Ruler Constans II (Constantine)
Heraklonas
Metal Silver
Denomination Light Third Siliqua
Mint Carthage
Date 641
Diameter 12.0 mm
Weight 0.6 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

DOC 2.1:348, no. (232) (citing BMC 342). MIB 3:148 cites also BNC (Herakleios) CAR 02 and Münzen und Medaillen AG, Basel 332, March 1972, no. 40. Both date the coin to 613 (or 613–617) since they take the two figures to represent Herakleios and his son Herakleios Constantine. But Morrisson and Seibt, comparing it with the seal of the kommenkiarios Marinos have reattributed the coin to Heraklonas and Herakleios Constantine (the future Constatine III) during their brief period of joint rule. See C. Morrisson and W. Seibt, “Sceaux de commerciaires byzantins du VIIe siècle trouvés à Carthage,” 230–33, and discussion by C. Zuckerman, “On the Title and Office of the Byzantine Basileus,” 871–73.

Acquisition History

From Classical Numismatic Group auction 99, 13 May 2015, no. 940