Empire, Khusro II, Occupation of , 618 - 628 A.D.
During his temporary domination of , 618 - 628 A.D., Khusru allowed the mint to continue issuing the normal coinage, but substituted his portrait for the emperor's. The sun and moon replaced the , just as on coinage. It may seem strange that a Persian would wear a crown surmounted by a ; however, his wife Sira was a Christian, he was a benefactor of the of St. Sergius in Edessa, he honored the Virgin, and he sometimes wore a robe embroidered with a which he had received as a gift from the Emperor . The emperors resumed the imperial coinage of after their recapture of in 628 A.D.WA77071. Bronze 12 nummi,
, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.
The Byzantine-Sassanid War ended with a in 628, but the war, after a century of nearly continuous conflict, left both empires crippled. The Persians suffering economic decline, heavy taxation, religious unrest, dynastic turmoil and other social problems, plunged into civil war. The Byzantines had exhausted their treasure, the Balkans had been largely lost to the Slavs, and Anatolia was devastated. Neither empire was given any chance to recover, as within a few years they were struck by the onslaught of the Arabs, newly united by Islam. The Sassanid Empire would soon be completely destroyed. The Muslim conquest of , and , would reduce the to a territorial rump consisting of Anatolia and a scatter of islands and footholds in the Balkans and Italy.BZ77963. Bronze 12 nummi,
, Justin II, 15 November 565 - 5 October 578 A.D.
Justin was unable to hold the territory Justinian had . Most of Italy and parts of Spain were quickly lost to the and . Refusal to pay tribute to the Sassanids, resulted in protracted war. The burdens of office drove him insane and his successor was regent for the last four years of his reign.SH90893. Gold
, 14 ( ), 347A (Constantinople, but noted as a possibility), 63, -, aEF, small marks and scratches, 4.473 g, maximum 20.6 mm, 180o, mint, c. 567 - 578 A.D.; D N I-VSTI-NVS PP AVG, facing helmeted and , on globe in right, on left arm; VICTORI-A AVCCC I, enthroned facing, right, long in right hand, in left hand, left, • • in ; ex Heritage auction 3020 (6 Sep 2012), lot 25312; ex Nudelman Numismatica 10 (13 Jun 2011), lot 53; very ; SOLD
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