Byzantine. Heraclius, AD 610 to 641. Gold solidus. With Arabic graffiti.

Ancient Coins - Byzantine. Heraclius, AD 610 to 641.  Gold solidus.  With Arabic graffiti.
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This coin has a rather interest bit of graffiti on it.  Many Byzantine gold solidii have a few letters of graffiti scratched into the field somewhere, but it is usually a few Greek or Latin letters.  The letters on this coin (visible on the inset image at the top) appear to be in Arabic script.  I have not yet translated them, but would appreciate hearing from anyone that can do so.

Denomination : Gold Solidus.  Mint : Constantinople, 10th officina.

Date : This coin was issued with Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas as co-emperors, which places it between AD 638 and 641.

Reference : Sear-759.

Size : 19.0 x 19.7 mm.  Weight : 4.55 Grams.

Grade :  gXF, with minor graffiti (see the comment above). 

Obverse : Standing figures of Heraclius flanked by Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas,  without any inscriptions but with what appears to be a short Arabic inscription scratched in to the right.

Reverse : Cross on four steps flanked by two monograms, erius, with VICTORIA AVG I around, with CONOB below.

Price SKU: vcoin4456
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Rates for: 06/15/18

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