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Constans II (Constantine), Copper, Decanummium, Constantinople, 659/660

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Constans II with long beard. No inscription.

Reverse

I with Θ in left field and Ε in right field.

Exergue

CON

Obverse

Frontal bust of Constans II with long beard. No inscription.

Reverse

I with Θ in left field and Ε in right field.

Exergue

CON

Accession number BZC.1972.23
Ruler Constans II (Constantine)
Date of Reign 641–668
Metal Copper
Denomination Decanummium
Mint Constantinople
Date 659/660
Diameter 12.0 x 15.0 mm
Weight 1.32 g
Relation of Dies 1:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

There is a trace of overstriking on the coin’s reverse. The I serves as a mark of value and as the number 10, making 19 when combined with the Θ in field left. The E is either a remaining letter of the Ananeosis legend or an officina number, as the fifth officina is known for gold coins used for military purposes. But in this period decanummia were rare and produced in small quantities and are most unlikely to have been struck by several officinae.

MIB 3:252, no. 186 (year 19; officina E, citing only this coin).

Acquisition History

From Henry Weller, 6 July 1972