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In the oriental practice of the senior Augustus. See the mints day, her tongue was slit and his nose of Herac1ius for issues of their was cut off. This was the first instance joint reign. ) of the barbaric practice which would later become commonplace. Heradius Constantine and Heradonas were depicted along with their father on many coins struck during their joint reign. It is not certain which, if any, of those variants might be attributed to their later reign. Several controversial attributions of this nature have been offered, but all are based on interpretive rather than epigraphical evidence.

There are many variants of these legends which include references to associate rulers, titles and epithets. There are also many inconsistencies in the spelling and the formation of letters within coins of the same ruler and over time. The letter Beta, for example, in the word Basileus is often rendered with an open bottom, so that it appears 33 to be an "R" . Likewise, the Latin " d" abbreviating the word Dominus is rendered as ""0 . Mixtures of upper and lower case letters are very com­ mon. The ruler's name appears sometimes on the obverse, sometimes on the reverse of the coin.

N� « . DN ERACAIO CONSV AI The ex arch at Carthage, Hera­ clius, and his son of the same name, led a popular rebellion against the repressive rule of Phocas in AD 608. The elder Heraclius was one of the leading generals under Maurice Ti­ berius, receiving the distinguished post in Carthage as a reward for his service. Over a period of two years, the two Heraclii marshalled their resources as the rebellion spread to the other outlying provinces. They Heraclius the exarch and son assembled a sizeable fleet, which the AV solidus younger then sailed against Constan­ AD 608-610, Alexandria ?

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