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Constans II (Constantine), Gold, Solidus, Constantinople, 654-659

 
 

Obverse

Bust of Constans II with long beard at left. Bust of Constantine IV, beardless, at right. Each wears a chlamys and crown with cross on circlet. Cross between their heads.

NCONSANINSCCONSI

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps.

VICTORIA-AVB

Exergue

CONOB

Obverse

Bust of Constans II with long beard at left. Bust of Constantine IV, beardless, at right. Each wears a chlamys and crown with cross on circlet. Cross between their heads.

NCONSANINSCCONSI

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps.

VICTORIA-AVB

Exergue

CONOB

Accession number BZC.1969.50
Catalogue ID as DOC 2.2:427, no. (25f)
Ruler Constans II (Constantine)
Date of Reign 641–668
Associated Authority Constantine IV
Metal Gold
Denomination Solidus
Mint Constantinople
Date 654659
Diameter 19.0 mm
Weight 4.44 g
Relation of Dies 7:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin is a solidus of Class IVa. Neither Grierson nor Hahn (DOC class IV; MIB 3:238–39, nos. 26–28) distinguishes between the coins in this issue with a small figure of Constantine IV as a child and those on which he is depicted as older, e.g., DOC 2.2: no. 28g, and this one. 

MIB 3:238–39, no. 26 (S) (citing this coin as DO [n.a.]).

Acquisition History

From Joel Malter, 16 September 1969