Jump to content

finally picked up Isaura


Recommended Posts

My birthday order ended up being built around the Alexander Balas coin.  I had wanted one after watching a coin grab bag video.   I noticed that this particular dealer had a long-time want, a Heraclius from the Isaura mint.  While the overcleaned state of the coin makes the Isaura rather unattractive, it's an otherwise fairly decent example for the type.  Does that count as a wabi sabi coin?  It'll have to do until I come across a better one.  Examples of Seleucia and Isaura usually aren't too worn, by Byzantine standards.  The price was certainly decent, being slightly cheaper than a recent inferior example from MA shops (which I missed out on).

The portrait is rather reminiscent of Scooby Doo's coin zombie. Or... Cobra Commander.  Even the Sear plate coin is faceless.  Did these ever have features?

I had also wanted an upgrade for my rather decrepit Antioch example of Vabalathus/Aurelian.  While the photograph is more flattering than the coin appears in normal light, the 38 Euro price tag made it a no-lose acquisition; a relative bargain, especially with the strong details.  I need to get around to finding a really nice, silvered version.

And now on to the Heraclius.  I just love this particular type, although I can't really explain why.  I just do.  It's also one of history's mysteries.  Why were pre-reform coins sitting around for so long? I have a vastly superior example of this one.  I just liked the type and the patina, so into the shopping cart it went.  What's the undertype?  An early Justinian?

Oh, and lest I forget the Claudius Gothicus - I don't really collect coins of the late 260s, but the portrait and the $16 price made it a no-brainer throw-in.

Which one has the most eye appeal in person?  Drumroll; the Heraclius from Sicily.



Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine. 610-641. AE Follis/ 40 Nummi (11.83 gm, 31mm). Seleucia Isauriae mint (sic), it's really Isaura. Dated RY 8 (617/8). Obv.: LON hЄRACLЄRA, crowned busts of Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine facing; cross above. Rev.: large M; cross above, date across field; A//ISAYR. DOC 183; MIB 196; SB 848.



Heraclius. 610-641. AE 40 Nummi (12.80 gm, 31mm). Syracuse mint. 632-641. SB 882AurelianVabalathus-AEAntoninianus-Antioch-RIC381BN1252-20mm.3.77gZE.jpg.3c575573ff6427f04c94765d93073255.jpg

Aurelian, with Vabalathus. 270-272 AD. AE Antoninianus (3.77 gm, 20mm). Antioch mint. November 270 AD-March 272 AD. Obv.: [IMP C AVRE]LIANVS AVG / Z, radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian right; Є below. Rev.: VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Vabalathus right. RIC 381; BN 1252. Traces of silvering


Seleukid Kingdom. Alexander I Balas. 152-145 BC. AE 19mm (5.57 gm). Antioch mint. Struck 150-146 BC. Obv.: head of Alexander Balas as Herakles. Rev.: Apollo standing left, holding arrow and resting on grounded bow; star to left. SNG Spaer 1460; BMC 50.



Claudius II Gothicus. 268-270 AD. AE Antoninianus (2.34 gm, 19mm). Mediolanum mint. Struck 269/70 AD. Obv.: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate head right. Rev.: VIRTVS AVG, Virtus walking to right, holding spear and trophy; [P in exergue]. RIC 172 var. (bust type). Traces of silvering



  • Like 11
  • Heart Eyes 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

For those who don't know, Seleucia and Isaura, respectively, were military mints in Anatolia that Heraclius used while training troops for a counteroffense against Persia.  Of the two, I prefer Seleucia although Isaura seems to be the scarcer of the two.

Feel free to post any Heraclius issues from Seleucia or Isaura.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...