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Constans II (647–51)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4262 (formerly DO 55.1.4262)
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 19.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 15b. For a similar seal see Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 13.

Obverse

The Mother of God standing, wearing a chiton and maphorion, and holding Christ before her. Her left leg seems to be bent at the knee. A cross potent at left and right. Wreath border.

Reverse

The emperor Constans II standing, with a short beard and long hair at the sides curling outward. He wears a crown with a cross and a chlamys, and holds a globus cruciger in his right hand. A circular inscription beginning at left. Wreath border.

NCONSANI..SPPAV

D(ominus) n(oster) Constanti[nu]s p(er)p(etuus) au[g(ustus)].

Translation

Dominus noster Constantinus perpetuus augustus.

Our lord Constans, eternal augustus.

Commentary

On gold coins struck between 647 and 651 the emperor Constans II is represented with a short beard (for example, DOC 2.2:15c [pl. 24]; MIB 3: Prägetabelle 5, nos. 9–22).

On this seal, the lettering of the identifying legend on the reverse is the same as on gold coins.