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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
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 an immobilized remnant of the Ananeosis legend or an officina number, although the fifth officina is known for gold coins used for serve military purposes. 

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

Acquisition History

From Henry Weller, 6 July 1972