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Constans II (Constantine), Silver, Hexagram, Constantinople, 667-668

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Constans II with long beard wearing chlamys and helmet with plume. Globus cruciger in right hand.

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Reverse

Constantine IV in center, Herakleios at right, and Tiberios (infant) at left, each wearing chlamys and crown with cross and holding globus cruciger in right hand.

Obverse

Frontal bust of Constans II with long beard wearing chlamys and helmet with plume. Globus cruciger in right hand.

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Reverse

Constantine IV in center, Herakleios at right, and Tiberios (infant) at left, each wearing chlamys and crown with cross and holding globus cruciger in right hand.

Accession number BZC.2015.003
Ruler Constans II (Constantine)
Date of Reign 641–668
Associated Authority Constantine IV
Herakleios (son of Constans II)
Tiberios (son of Constans II)
Metal Silver
Denomination Hexagram
Mint Constantinople
Date 667668
Diameter 23.0 mm
Weight 6.65 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat
Condition VF

Commentary

Fourth specimen known of this type, which is missing from reference books. Others have appeared at auction: Nomos 9, 21 October 2014, no. 320; Rauch 96, 10 December 2014, no. 647; and Gorny and Mosch 228, 9 March 20156, no. 756. It corresponds to class VII of the solidus (DOC 2.2:434–35, no. 42; MIB 3:240–41, nos. 39–42), which Grierson dated to 663–668. Hahn (MIB 3:125 and Prägetabelle V) prefers 667–668 because of its rarity. This dating seems plausible.

Acquisition History

Roma Numismatics Auction 9, 22 March 2015, 905.