Solidus of Heraclius
money; coins (money)
The obverse has Heraclius depicted as bigger, crowned, and bearded due to his age and power. His son Heraclius Constantine is depicted smaller and beardless on the right. Christianity was the state religion and Heraclius recovered the True Cross from where Jesus' crucifixion which is why there’s a cross between the two emperors. On the reverse, there’s a cross potent set on top of three steps, showing the value of religion during Heraclius' reign.
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau, Fall 2019)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)
Byzantine Empire, Roman