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Herakleios, with Herakleios Constantine, 610-641
Gold Solidus 3rd officina c 629-632
Flavius Herakleios Augustus was Byzantine Emperor whose rise to power began in 608, when he and his father (also named Herakleios) successfully led a revolt against the unpopular usurper Phocas. The first battles of his reign ended in defeat for the Byzantines. The Avars, Slavs, and Bulgars ravaged the balkans and Greece down to the Peloponnese. The Persians fought their way to the gates of Constantinople and occupied Asia Minor Syria and Egypt taking the Cross to Ctesiphon. The later was a serious offense against the Christian population. Bidding his time Herakleios reorganized into large military zones called “themes” and in 622 led his counteroffensive. After six years he not only anihilated the Avars on in the East but utterly degfeated the Persian and Sassanian Empire, deposing Khursu II and executing him. While Herakleios restored the Cross to Jerusalem the emperor lived long enough to see much of his achievements coming undone wioth the first dynamic expansion of Muslim power. Obverse crowned Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine with a cross above dd NN hERACLIUS ET hERA CONST PP AVC. Reverse potent Cross on three steps VICTORIA - AVGU Γ CONOB
Mint: Constantinople
Provenance: Private acquisition

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