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    Ravenna Mint Heraclius Solidus

    Heraclius (AD 610-641), with Heraclius Constantine. AV solidus (22mm, 4.49 gm, 6h). NGC MS ★ 5/5 - 5/5. Ravenna, ca. AD 613-618. DD NN HERACLIVS ET HERA CONST PP AVGG, facing busts of Heraclius (on left, bearded) and Heraclius Constantine (beardless), each wearing chlamys and crown topped with crosslet; in field above, cross, all within heavy raised annular border / VICTORI-A AVCCC H, cross potent on four steps, CONOB in exergue, all within heavy raised annular border. Sear 896. DO 271b. Very rare! Deeply struck on a broad flan, with complete legends.

    Ravenna, capital of the Western Roman Empire during much of the fifth century AD, passed under the control of Odovacer in AD 476 and was captured by Theodoric the Ostrogoth a decade later, becoming the capital of the Ostrogothic Kingdom. Justinian's great general Belisarius recaptured the city for the Empire in AD 540, employing the ruse that he accepted the Goth's invitation to become Emperor of the West. Once having gained the city, Belisarius renounced all claim to the title and duly handed Ravenna over to Justinian, but the suspicious East Roman ruler called Belisarius back to Constantinople. The Goths rose in revolt and the Italian war dragged on for another decade before Narses' decisive victory in AD 552. Ravenna remained the Byzantine capital of Italy, and an important mint for the western provinces, for nearly two centuries thereafter, even throughout the tumultuous 7th century, as evidenced by this fine solidus of Heraclius and his son struck circa AD 613-618. It finally fell to the Lombards in AD 751.


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