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Constans II (Constantine), Copper, Half Follis, Syracuse, 663/664

 
 

Obverse

At left, frontal bust of Constans II with long beard. At right, frontal bust of Constantine IV,  beardless. Each wears chlamys and crown with cross. No inscription.

Reverse

with ||N in left field and N|O|Z in right field.

Obverse

At left, frontal bust of Constans II with long beard. At right, frontal bust of Constantine IV,  beardless. Each wears chlamys and crown with cross. No inscription.

Reverse

with ||N in left field and N|O|Z in right field.

Accession number BZC.2005.23
Ruler Constans II (Constantine)
Date of Reign 641–668
Associated Authority Constantine IV
Metal Copper
Denomination Half Follis
Mint Syracuse
Date 663/664
Diameter 17.0 mm
Weight 1.67 g
Relation of Dies 12:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Contrary to Grierson’s opinion (DOC 2.2:416) that the  combined with the date given in right field might refer to regnal years, Bendall has shown (“La datation des monnaies de bronze de Constant II à Syracuse,” 834–35) that these are indictional years. Thus there is no need to move back the date on which the long-bearded image of Constans II was introduced.

Cf. DOC 2.2:499, no. 184 (similar, but with Δ).

MIB 3:253, no. 213 (second specimen).

S. Bendall, “A New Sicilian Half Follis of Constans II,” 38–40, fig. 7 (republishing in English his note in “La datation” [see above]).

Acquisition History

From Simon Bendall