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Constans II (Constantine), Silver, Hexagram, Constantinople, 659-668

 
 

Obverse

At left, frontal bust of Constans with long beard wearing chlamys and crown with cross in front and plume behind. At right, Constantine IV, beardless, wearing chlamys and crown without plume. Cross between their heads. No inscription.

 

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps. Θ below.

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Exergue

Θ

Obverse

At left, frontal bust of Constans with long beard wearing chlamys and crown with cross in front and plume behind. At right, Constantine IV, beardless, wearing chlamys and crown without plume. Cross between their heads. No inscription.

 

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps. Θ below.

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Exergue

Θ

Accession number BZC.2015.002
Ruler Constans II (Constantine)
Date of Reign 641–668
Associated Authority Constantine IV
Metal Silver
Denomination Hexagram
Mint Constantinople
Date 659668
Diameter 13.0 mm
Weight 6.22 g
Relation of Dies 7:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

The Θ mark led Grierson (DOC 2.2:441, note to nos. 57–58) to attribute it to Thessalonike. Hahn, however, rightly observes that it appears at the same time on solidi (see MIB 3:240, nos. 33–35) and on copper folles (MIB 3:251, no. 178), and “has nothing to do with Thessalonike” (MIB 3:133). No explanation has been proposed for its meaning.

DOC 2.2:465, no. (101), under Thessalonike (citing BMC 90 = Tolstoï 344). MIB 3:247, no. 154, cites only the BMC specimen which appears to be quite rare.

Acquisition History

From Roma Numismatics E-Sale 13, 29 November 2014, for 594/ From Grotjohann, Munich 4003.13.21.