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Solidus (Coin) Portraying Heraclius and His Son Heraclius Constantine

A work made of gold.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

613-616

Artist:

Byzantine; minted in Constantinople (now Istanbul)

About this artwork

After Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine emperors adopted Christian themes and symbols, most notably the cross, to stand for both the religion and the political state on their coinage. The previously ubiquitous profile portrait head was replaced by frontal or full-body depictions. Christ dominated the iconography, and Greek titles and phrases came to replace the Latin ones.

On the front (obverse) of this coin, the Byzantine emperor Heraclius is shown alongside his son, Heraclius Constantine; there is a cross between them. On the back (reverse) a Greek cross stands on a set of steps.

On View

Ancient and Byzantine Art, Gallery 153

Artist

Byzantine

Title

Solidus (Coin) Portraying Heraclius and His Son Heraclius Constantine

Origin

Byzantine Empire

Date

Struck 613 CE–616 CE

Medium

Gold

Inscriptions

Obverse: ddNNhESACNuseth(?)ACONStPPAV Reverse: CONO[B] VICTORIA AVƸh

Dimensions

Diam. 2.1 cm; 4.41 g

Credit Line

Gift of Emily Crane Chadbourne

Reference Number

1940.13

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