Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.
In 654, Rhodes was invaded by an Arab force; the remains of the Colossus of Rhodes were sold.
SH59509. Gold solidus, Wroth BMC 51 - 52, DOC IIpart 2, 25j (not held in the collection, refs BMC); Tolstoi 253; SBCV 959, VF, weight 4.384 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, 10th officina, Constantinople mint, 654 - 659 A.D.; obverse d N CONSTANTINuS C CONSTANINV (or similar, blundered), facing busts of Constans & Constantine IV (beardless) each wearing crown and chlamys, cross between their heads; reverseVICTORIA AVGy I, cross potent on three steps, CONOB in exergue; $480.00 (€369.60)
Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.
Heraclius came to power through revolt against the tyrannical Focas. He defeated the Sassanid Persians, but this only facilitated Arab conquest of Persia and the eastern Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines lost Syria and Palestine before Heraclius died and Egypt fell soon after.
SH56799. Gold solidus, DOC IIpart 1, 26j; Wroth BMC 45; Tolstoi 182; Hahn MIB 29; SBCV 749; Morrisson 34; Ratto 1369 ff. var (officina), VF, weight 4.344 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople mint, c. 625 - 632 A.D.; obversedd NN hERACLIuS et hERA CONSt pp AV, facing busts of Heraclius, wearing long beard, and his son Heraclius Constantine with short beard, cross above; reverseVICTORIA AVGu I, cross potent on three steps, CONOBin ex, die crack; uncleaned; $450.00 (€346.50)
Gold Coins of the World: From Ancient Times To Present, 8th Edition
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