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612173
Sale: CNG 61, Lot: 2173. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2002. 
Sold For $350. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

HERACLIUS. 610-641. AV Solidus (4.43 gm). Struck 625/6-626/7. Carthage mint. dN ERA COMT P P ID (indictional year 14), crowned facing busts of Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine / VICTORIA AVCC IE (indictional year 15), cross potent on steps; CONOB. MIB III 83 (2) (mule of two different years); DOC -; SB 867. EF. ($500)

Following the reconquest from the Vandals in 533, Carthage became the civil and military capital of the prefecture of Africa. This issue has been dated with indiction years, rather than regnal years, this being part of a fifteen-year cycle used by the Byzantine fiscal authorities and marking the intervals at which tax schedules were revised.