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Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.
In 614, a Sassanid Persian and Jewish army (26,000 men) led by by Shahrbaraz captured and sacked Jerusalem after a 20-day siege. Somewhere between 57,000 and 66,500 citizens were slain; another 35,000 were enslaved, including the Patriarch Zacharias. Many churches in the city (including the "Church of the Resurrection" or Holy Sepulchre) were burned, and numerous relics, including the True Cross, the Holy Lance, and the Holy Sponge, were carried off to the Persian capital Ctesiphon.
BZ77962. Bronze follis
, DOC II part
1, 159b.4 (same dies); Morrisson BnF
10/Ni/AE/07; Wroth BMC
1436; Hahn MIB
11.73, F, overstruck
on a large flan
, small edge cracks, strong undertype
effects, 2nd officina
(Izmit, Turkey) mint, weight
13.375g, maximum diameter
31.2mm, die axis
, 613 - 614 A.D.; obverse
Heraclius on left, Heraclius Constantine on right, both stand wearing crown and chlamys
with globus cruciger
in right hand, cross
between heads, obscure blundered legend
large M (40 nummi) between A/N/N/O and II/II (regnal year 4), cross
above, B (2nd officina
) below, NIK (Nicomedia
) in exergue
; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren
Catalog current as of Friday, April 27, 2018.
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