Constans II (647–51)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.541 (formerly DO 58.106.541)

Previous Editions

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

Details

Diameter:
25 mm
Weight:
13.78 g

Obverse

Constans II (647–51)

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 (647–51)

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.

Constans II (647–51)

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

Translation

Dominus noster Constantinus perpetuus augustus.

Our lord Constans, eternal augustus.

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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.

 

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