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Constans II (Constantine), Copper, Follis, Constantinople, 651/652

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Constans II with short beard wearing chlamys and crown with cross. Globus cruciger in right hand.

]ΓCO[ ]

Reverse

with I above, N|E|O| in right field, and B below.

Obverse

Frontal bust of Constans II with short beard wearing chlamys and crown with cross. Globus cruciger in right hand.

]ΓCO[ ]

Reverse

with I above, N|E|O| in right field, and B below.

Accession number BZC.1969.25.2
Catalogue ID as DOC 2.2:398, no. (6)
Ruler Constans II (Constantine)
Date of Reign 641–668
Metal Copper
Denomination Follis
Mint Constantinople
Date 651/652
Diameter 20.0 mm
Weight 3.6 g
Relation of Dies 7:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

According to Philip Grierson, the identification and date of the coin are still quite uncertain. The Γ for COis quite clear, but the last letter (the abbreviated ) is not. Cécile Morrisson confirmed the identification. Zooming in on the image reveals that the portrait is of a short-bearded emperor who looks like Constans II on other coins. Therefore this coin is most likely one with the Inper Const legend, issued in year 11 (651/652).

MIB 3:249, no. 169.

Acquisition History

Purchased from Henry Weller, 2 July 1969