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Heraclius, 5 October 610 - 11 January 641 A.D.

Joint rule with Heraclius Constantine (his son), 23 January 613 - 3 July 638 A.D.
Joint rule with Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas (his sons), 4 July 638 - 11 January 641 A.D.
Heraclius came to power in 610 following a successful revolt in North Africa against the tyrannical rule of the Emperor Focas. His son Heraclius Constantine was elevated to joint rule in 613 A.D. Heraclius' most spectacular military achievement was the total defeat of Rome's old enemy on the eastern frontier, the Sassanid Persians. Unfortunately, this only facilitated the Arab conquest of Persia and the eastern provinces of the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines lost Syria and Palestine before Heraclius died in early 641 A.D. and Egypt fell to the Arabs soon after.


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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BZ55575. Bronze 12 nummi, Morrisson p. 293 and pl. XLVI, 10/A1/AE/04 corr. (same dies, legend corr); DOC II, part 1, 189 var (legend), Wroth 289 ff. var (same) SBCV 853, VF, flat strike, weight 5.801 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 180o, Egypt, Alexandria mint, 613 - 618 A.D.; obverse dom hERACLS, facing busts of Heraclius (on left, bearded) and his son Heraclius Constantine, each wears a crown with cross and chlamys; reverse large IB (12 nummi) divided by cross potent on two steps, AΛEΞ (Alexandria) in ex; full legend, ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin); SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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The weight, diameter, thickness, and fabric of these Alexandrian 12 nummi coins is remarkably similar to that of the Alexandrian billon tetradrachms struck under Rome in the late third and early fourth centuries.
BZ69577. Bronze 12 nummi, DOC II, part I, 193; Wroth BMC 287; Morrisson BnF 52; Tolstoi 306; Ratto 1443; Hahn MIB 203; Sommer 11.94; SBCV 857, F, weight 7.847 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 45o, Egypt, Alexandria mint, c. 625 - 629 A.D.; obverse facing busts of Heraclius, with a short beard, and his son Heraclius Constantine, each wears a chlamys and a crown with a cross and pendilia, cross potent on steps between them; reverse large IB (12 nummi) divided by cross potent on globe on triangular base, AΛEΞ (Alexandria) in ex; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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This reverse with ANNO above M is unique to Heraclius.
BB11020. Bronze follis, DOC II part 1, 101a; SBCV 808, gVF, weight 5.160 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 225o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 626 - 627 A.D.; obverse Heraclius (center), Heraclius Constantine (right), Martina (left), all stand facing wearing crown and chlamys with globus cruciger in right, no legend; reverse large M (40 nummi), monogram left, ANNO over cross above, X/ςI right (regnal year 17), A below (1st officina), CON (Constantinople) in exergue; ex Colosseum Coin Exchange; SOLD


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BZ36630. Bronze follis, SBCV 810, smaller module after year 21, VF, overstruck, weight 4.620 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 45o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 630 - 640 A.D.; obverse Heraclius (on left) in military dress holding long cross, Heraclius Constantine (on right) in chlamys holding globus cruciger, monogram above, K right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross over C above, ANNO left, uncertain year right, ∆ (4th officina) below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue; SOLD


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BZ36635. Bronze follis, SBCV 834; DOC II part 1, 159a, aVF, weight 10.089 g, maximum diameter 30.5 mm, die axis 225o, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 613 - 614 A.D.; obverse ddNN...PA, Heraclius (on left), Heraclius Constantine (on right), both stand facing, wearing crown and chlamys, globus cruciger in right, cross between heads; reverse large M (40 nummi) between A/N/N/O and II/II (year 4), cross above, A (first officina) below, NIK in ex; SOLD


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BZ36638. Bronze 12 nummi, SBCV 861; DOC II part 1, 197, F, weight 7.396 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 270o, Egypt, Alexandria mint, 632 - 641 A.D.; obverse Heraclius (in center) and Heraclius Constantine (right) wearing crown with cross, Heraclonas (left) with cross above head, all standing wearing chlamys and holds globus cruciger in right; reverse cross potent above monogram between I-B, ALEΞ (Alexandria) in exergue; black and turquoise patina; scarce; SOLD


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BB57506. Bronze 12 nummi, DOC II, part 1, 189; SBCV 853; Wroth BMC 289, Tolstoi 308; Ratto 1445; Morrisson BnF 1, F, weight 5.347 g, maximum diameter 16.83 mm, die axis 180o, Alexandria mint, c. 613 - 618 A.D.; obverse dd NN h hERAC (blundered), facing busts of Heraclius and his son Heraclius Constantine; reverse large IB (12 nummi) divided by cross potent on two steps, AΛEΞ in ex; SOLD


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This is the larger module for this issue. At the end of year 21 this type was reduced in size. This coin is overstruck on an earlier follis. Heraclius Constantine appears to be holding a long cross? If so, this would be a variety not listed in Sear or Dumbarton Oaks.
BZ02210. Bronze follis, SBCV 810; DOC II part 1, 105c, gF, weight 5.91 g, maximum diameter 30.4 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 629 - 630 A.D.; obverse monogram left, Heraclius in military dress holding long cross on left, Heraclius Constantine in chlamys holding globus cruciger on right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, ANNO left, X/X right (regnal year 20), Γ below (3nd officina), CON (Constantinople) in exergue; little wear and attractive desert patina, parts of design obscure due to undertype feature effects; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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Overstruck on an earlier follis. Part of under-type legend visible on obverse. This type was reduced in size at the end of this regnal year.
BZ02213. Bronze follis, SBCV 810; DOC II part 1, 1056a, F, weight 10.88 g, maximum diameter 33.0 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 630 - 631 A.D.; obverse Heraclius in military dress holding long cross on left, Heraclius Constantine in chlamys holding globus cruciger on right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, ANNO left, X/X/I right (regnal year 21), A below (1st officina), CON (Constantinople) in exergue; SOLD


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Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world. In 74 B.C. allied with Rome, it withstood a siege by 300,000 men led by King Mithridates VI of Pontus. Rome rewarded this loyalty with territory and with municipal independence which lasted until the reign of Tiberius. When it was incorporated into the Empire, Cyzicus was made the capital of Mysia, and afterward of Hellespontus. Gallienus opened an imperial mint at Cyzicus, which continued to strike coins well into the Byzantine era.
BZ12724. Bronze follis, SBCV 839, F, weight 12.171 g, maximum diameter 30.7 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 611 - 612 A.D.; obverse O N hRACLI PERP AVG (or similar), helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, cross in right, shield in left; reverse large M (40 nummi) between A/N/N/O and II (regnal year 2), cross above, retrograde B below, KYZ (Cyzicus) in ex; uncleaned; SOLD




    




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