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Constantine IV, Gold, Solidus, Ravenna, 668-685

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Constantine IV, bearded (?), wearing cuirass and helmet with frontal plume only. Spear held behind head in right hand, shield on left shoulder.

CONST-NT-INIPI

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps. Herakleios standing at left and Tiberios standing at right.

VICTORI---VI

Exergue

CONOB

Obverse

Frontal bust of Constantine IV, bearded (?), wearing cuirass and helmet with frontal plume only. Spear held behind head in right hand, shield on left shoulder.

CONST-NT-INIPI

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps. Herakleios standing at left and Tiberios standing at right.

VICTORI---VI

Exergue

CONOB

Accession number BZC.2002.2
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 Ravenna
Date 668685
Diameter 21.0 mm
Weight 4.35 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Hahn assigns this type to Ravenna, citing only one specimen in Vienna of this variety and three specimens of another variety with I and three dots forming a triangle. Bendall considers it more likely to be south Italian, but see commentary on BZC.1970.36 about the difficulty in attributing Italian gold coins.

MIB 3:258, no. 54.1 (similar).

Acquisition History

From the New York Sale IV, 17 January 2002, no. 427