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Constantine IV, Silver, Siliqua, Sardinia, 668-685

 
 

Obverse

Bust of Constantine IV wearing paludamentum and crown with crest. Exaggeratedly large fibula. No inscription.

Reverse

Cross on two steps.

Symbol

Five-pointed star in left and right fields.

Obverse

Bust of Constantine IV wearing paludamentum and crown with crest. Exaggeratedly large fibula. No inscription.

Reverse

Cross on two steps.

Symbol

Five-pointed star in left and right fields.

Accession number BZC.2015.044
Ruler Constantine IV
Date of Reign 668–685
Metal Silver
Denomination Siliqua
Mint Sardinia
Date 668685
Diameter 9.0 mm
Weight 0.28 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Similar specimens from a collection formed in Sardinia and the coarse style of the type argue for the attribution to a local mint at a time when Carthage was already under strain. The island had the requisite mining resources.

C. Morrisson, “L’argent d'une île: Nouvelles siliques de Justinien II en Sardaigne.”

Acquisition History

Morton and Eden auction 75, July 2, 2015, lot 68 from M.D. O'Hara collection