20 nummi (half follis) of Heraclius

Byzantine
Early Byzantine Period
A.D. 629–630


Mint: Constantinople?

Dimensions

Diameter: 23 mm. Weight: 2.99 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

65.303

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Heraclius standing, with moustache and long beard, wearing military dress and crown with cross, holding long cross in right hand; to right Heraclius Constantine standing with short beard, wearing chlamys and crown with cross; in right hand, globus cruciger; between heads, cross; to left monogram (effaced on this coin), to right K (effaced on this coin).
Reverse: K. above, cross (effaced on this coin)
to left: [A]NN[O] to right: XX

Appears to be overstruck on an uncertain undertype.

Circular coin, 1/2 follis, of Constans II, Byzantine emperor (r. 641-668). Badly abraided.

Obverse: Frontal figure of Constans II at proper right, wearing a crown and holding a long cross in right hand, and frontal figure of Constantine IV standing at proper left, both indistinguishable in current condition; no legend.

Reverse: “K” at center; inscribed at proper right vertically “ANNO” and in Greek at proper left.

Inscription

Reverse: "K" at center; inscribed at proper right vertically "ANNO" and in Greek at proper left.

Provenance

By date unknown: Edward Jackson Holmes (1873-1950) Collection; 1932-1941 and 1949-1965: lent by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA; 1965: bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA, March 10, 1965

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes