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Constans II (647–51)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.541 (formerly DO 58.106.541)
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 19.5; Zacos–Veglery, no. 15c.

Obverse

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

Reverse

Constans II standing, with a long beard and mustache. He wears a crown with a cross and a chlamys, and holds a globus cruciger in his right hand. His hair is worn long at the sides and curls outward. The figure is identified by a circular inscription beginning at left, but the only certain lettering is to be found at right. Wreath border.

..........INSPPAVG

[D(ominus) n(oster) Constant]inus p(er)p(etuus) aug(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).

Zacos and Veglery note that the longer length of the emperor’s beard would seem to indicate that the seal dates near 651.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.541 (formerly DO 58.106.541)
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 19.5; Zacos–Veglery, no. 15c.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.541 (formerly DO 58.106.541)
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 19.5; Zacos–Veglery, no. 15c.

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