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Constantine IV, Gold, Solidus, Constantinople, circa 674-680

 
 

Obverse

Three-quarter view bust of Constantine IV with beard wearing cuirass and helmet with frontal plume and diadem whose ties show to left. Spear held behind head in right hand, shield with horseman device on left shoulder.

DNCO--NVSPP

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps. Herakleios at left and Tiberios at right, each wearing chlamys and crown with cross and holding globus cruciger.

VICTO--VΓ

Exergue

CONOB

Obverse

Three-quarter view bust of Constantine IV with beard wearing cuirass and helmet with frontal plume and diadem whose ties show to left. Spear held behind head in right hand, shield with horseman device on left shoulder.

DNCO--NVSPP

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps. Herakleios at left and Tiberios at right, each wearing chlamys and crown with cross and holding globus cruciger.

VICTO--VΓ

Exergue

CONOB

Accession number BZC.1969.43
Ruler Constantine IV
Date of Reign 668–685
Associated Authority Herakleios (son of Constans II)
Tiberios (son of Constans II)
Metal Gold
Denomination Solidus
Mint Constantinople
Date circa 674680
Diameter 19.0 mm
Weight 4.39 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin is a solidus of Class IIIa. The last letter of the reverse's inscription, Γ, is vertical.

Cf. DOC 2.2:528, no. 8b (with officina B).

MIB 3:255, no. 7a (citing this coin as DO [n.a.]).

Acquisition History

From Joel Malter, 16 September 1949