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aestasaestatum
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« on: November 15, 2011, 05:03:35 am »

Dear colleagues,

recently, the following solidus of Heraclius and sons was for sale in a Swiss auction. The unusual fact are not so much the trefoil crowns on the obverse, but the circumstance that the indictional year in the reverse field (on the right) is lacking.

With the I, the type is well known (Sear 762, MIB 43, no examples from  Θ), but not without the indiction. What do you think about this coin? Have you ever seen another one?

With best wishes

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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2011, 03:43:28 pm »

Hi,

when I first saw the picture of the coin, I thought that the indiction has been erased. Then I looked up the description of the auction house and found that this is exactly what they suggested (Indiktionsbuchstabe getilgt).

However the auction house suggests that the letter has been erased from the die, while I think that it has been erased from the coin itself.

The remnants of a capital  Greek_Iota are still visible. The matter reminds me of a solidus of Phocas I have posted in the fake section, which also has been reworked in an absolutely professional way to sell it as a rare thing.

I believe that the Heraclius solidus in question is a normal type of indictional year 10 which has been fraudulently altered in modern times and thus is destroyed in part.

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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2011, 03:57:36 pm »

For a proof of partial forgery please see an unmanipulated solidus from the same pair of dies below.

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