HERACLIUS & FAMILY GOLD SOLIDUS – “THREE KINGS” VARIETY FROM OFFICINA A – MINT STATE NGC GRADED BYZANTINE COIN (Inv. 16238)
16238. BYZANTINE EMPIRE. HERACLIUS WITH HERACLIUS CONSTANTINE AND HERACLONAS, AD 632-641.
Gold solidus, 4.47 g, 20 mm. Issue of Constantinople, officina A, ca. AD 632-641.
Obv. Facing and crowned standing figures of Heraclius in center, Heraclius Constantine at right and Heraclonas, uncrowned but with cross above, at left. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ A, cross on stepped base, monogram in left field, I in right field, CONOB in exergue.
Sear 761; DO 36.
NGC graded MINT STATE, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5, with a nice rendition of the imperial family, the grouping of which recalls the Biblical “Three Kings” and was often referred to as such in modern popular culture; this post-antique interpretation was no doubt facilitated by the presence of the cross above Heraclonas that was taken to be the Star of the Nativity.