Schulman b.v. > Auction 378Auction date: 28 March 2024
Lot number: 64

Price realized: 950 EUR   (Approx. 1,028 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:

AV Solidus Indiction 15 (641/2 AD), HERACLIUS with HER. CONSTANTINUS 613–641 Carthage. Facing busts of Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine, cross between their heads DN ERACIO CSTN P P IE. Rev. cross potent on two steps date IE at end of legend, CONOB below.S. 867; DOC 229; MIB 85; Fr. 101 (114-16).These coins are known for their small and thick planchets. The number at the end of the reverse legend, which for the Constantinople mint is usually the officina, in Carthage was used as an indiction marker.4.37 g Extremely fine

Estimate: 400 EUR

Match 1:
Schulman b.v. > Auction 378Auction date: 28 March 2024
Lot number: 65

Price realized: 420 EUR   (Approx. 454 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:

AV Solidus 661–663 AD, CONSTANS II with his son CONSTANTINUS IV 654–659 Constantinople, officina 4. Facing busts of Constans, with long beard, and Constantine, beardless, cross above their heads. Rev. cross potent on three steps between Heraclius to left and Tiberius to right VICTORIA AVGU Δ.S. 964; DOC 30d; MIB 31; Fr. 119 (153-155).4.30 g. Slightly underweight, lustrous Extremely fine +

Estimate: 350 EUR

Match 2:
Classical Numismatic Group > Auction 126Auction date: 28 May 2024
Lot number: 983

Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction - Bid on this lot
Lot description:

Nicephorus I, with Stauracius. 802-811. AV Solidus (21mm, 4.46 g, 6h). Constantinople mint. Struck 803-811. Crowned facing bust of Nicephorus, wearing chlamys, holding cross potent and akakia / Crowned facing bust of Stauracius, wearing chlamys, holding globus cruciger and akakia; Θ at end of legend. DOC 2b.3; Füeg 2.A.1; SB 1604. Lightly toned with some luster. Good VF.

From the Family of Constantine Collection, assembled with guidance by Roland Michel, Geneva.

Nicephorus' career came to an abrupt end at the battle of Pliska on 26 July 811 during his Bulgarian campaign. The initial campaign was a rousing success, and the battle came immediately after the sack of Pliska (the Bulgarian capital) by Byzantine forces. The Bulgarian Khan Krum attempted to sue for peace after the disastrous loss of his capital city, but Nicephorus, confident from his great victory refused and planned to retake all of Bulgaria. While the Byzantines were plundering the city, Krum blocked their exit from the valley with traps and fortifications including a wooden palisade. Nicephorus was unwilling to assault the newly-constructed battlements and elected to set up camp. This proved unwise. The Bulgarians spent the next few days across in their camp rattling their shields in an effort to intimidate the Byzantine forces. By the time the two armies met in battle, the Byzantine army's morale had evaporated. Despite the Byzantine's possessing superior numbers, the army was completely routed by the Bulgarian Khanate. Very few members of the approximately 30,000 strong Byzantine army escaped the slaughter. Emperor Nicephorus himself was slain and his son and successor Stauracius received a serious wound to his spine which left him partially paralyzed. Theophanes the Confessor summarized the aftermath in his Chronographia as follows: "Among the victims were ... the patrician Romanus, who was strategos of the Anatolics, and many protospatharioi and spatharioi, the commanders of the tagmata, including the domestic of the excubitors and the drungarios of the Imperial Watch, the strategos of Thrace, many officers of the themata, and an infinite number of soldiers so that the flower of Christendom was destroyed ... May not Christians experience another time the ugly events of that day for which no lamentation is adequate" (Theophanes, 491).

Nicephorus' body was not recovered and Theophanes records that the Khan Krum "cut off the head of Nikephoros and for several days hung it on a pole so as to exhibit it to the tribes that came before him ... After that, he bared the skull, reveted it on the outside with silver and, in his pride, made the chieftains of the Sklavinians drink from it" (Theophanes, 491-2). This follows the ancient Skythian custom recorded by Herodotus in The Histories Book 4.65. Thus ended Nicephorus and Stauracius.

Estimate: 750 USD

Match 3:
Roma Numismatics Ltd > E-Sale 115Auction date: 21 December 2023
Lot number: 1360

Price realized: 380 GBP   (Approx. 481 USD / 439 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:

Constans II, with Constantine IV, AV Solidus. Constantinople, AD 654-659. ∂ N CONSƮANƮINЧS C CONSƮAN, crowned facing busts of Constans on left, with long beard, and Constantine on right, beardless, both wearing chlamys; cross between their heads / VICTORIA AVςЧ I (officina letter), cross potent on three steps; CONOB+ in exergue. MIB 27 var. (officina not listed); DOC 27; Sear 961. 4.26g, 20mm, 7h.

Extremely Fine; areas of flatness.

Estimate: 300 GBP

Match 4: OY > Auction 63Auction date: 16 December 2023
Lot number: 100

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:

Byzantine Empire (Constantinople) AV Solidus - Heraclius (AD 610-641), with Heraclius Constantine
4.37g. 20mm. UNC/AU. Beautiful lustrous specimen. Obv. Crowned and draped facing busts of Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine; cross above. / Rev. Cross potent set upon three steps. Sear 738.

Starting price: 550 EUR

Match 5:
Schulman b.v. > Auction 378Auction date: 28 March 2024
Lot number: 63

Price realized: 360 EUR   (Approx. 390 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:

AV Solidus 637/8 (?), HERACLIUS with HER. CONSTANTINUS and HERACLONAS Constantinople, officina 9. Heraclonas, Heraclius, and Heraclius Constantine standing facing, each crowned, wearing long robe and holding globus cruciger. Rev. cross potent set on three steps; monogram to left, A to right, in exergue CONOBA.MIB 47; DOC 40 (officina unlisted); S. 767.4.28 g Fine +

Estimate: 150 EUR