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    Heraclius (AD 610-641), with Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas. AV solidus (4.48 gm). NGC MS 4/5 - 4/5. Constantinople, 4th officina, dated IY 12 (AD 638/9). No legend, full-length ligures of (from left) Heraclonas, Heraclius, and Heraclius Constantine standing facing, each crowned, wearing long robe and holding globus cruciger / Cross potent set on three steps; monogram to left, BI monogram (Indiction 12) to right, Δ//CONOB. Sear 767. DOC 41d. A nice, clean example of the "Three Kings" type.

    The "Three Kings" solidus type depicting Heraclius and his two sons, Heraclonas and Heraclius Constantine, was issued in the midst of the bitter Byzantine-Sasanian War of AD 610-638, in which the empire fought for its very survival. The imagery recalls the New Testament "three kings" of the East who visited the infant Jesus. At a time when Heraclius was attempting to recover Jerusalem and the rest of Israel from the Sasanians, the visual reference to the Gospel accounts was surely intended to bolster the Christian cause in the first of the "Holy Wars." 


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