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Home > Catalog > |Asian Coins| > |Sasanian Empire| > BZ65330
Sasanian Empire, Levantine Occupation, 610 - 629 A.D., Imitative of Heraclius with Heraclius Constantine
In 604, Khusro II personnally led the siege of Dara, Mesopotamia. Because they resisted, the inhabitants were slaughtered and everything of value was carried off to Persia. This warning was somewhat sufficient; other cities including Antioch (610), Emesa (611), and Damascus (613) surrendered under terms and opened their gates. When Jerusalem was taken in May 614, tens of thousands were massacred and the True cross was taken. In 619 when Alexandria surrendered after a long siege, the young men and monks were massacred. Evidence suggests, however, that Persians allowed the local adminstrations to resume control of these cities after the initial slaughter and looting. This type was likely struck by civic authorities for local use in one of the Levantine cities during the Sasanian Occupation.
BZ65330. Bronze follis, Imitative of Heraclius with Heraclius Constantine; CNG e-auction 217, 460 (same obverse die); cf. Pottier p. 140, 4, pl. XVII, Pottier AA3-6, VF, nice desert patina, weight 11.641g, maximum diameter 27.6mm, die axis 315o, 610 - 629 A.D.; obverse two imperial figures standing facing in very crude style, each holding cruciform scepter in right, cross above center; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, A below, blundered legend and mintmark; unusual and rare; SOLD


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