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Constantine V, Gold, Semissis, Constantinople, 750-775

 
 

Obverse

Frontal busts of Constantine V, bearded, on left, and Leo IV, beardless, on right, each wearing chlamys and crown with cross. Cross between their heads.

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Reverse

Frontal bust of Leo III, bearded, wearing loros and crown with cross on circlet and holding outwards a cross potent on globe in right hand.

-LE-ONPML

Obverse

Frontal busts of Constantine V, bearded, on left, and Leo IV, beardless, on right, each wearing chlamys and crown with cross. Cross between their heads.

CONSAIOSSLEOO

Reverse

Frontal bust of Leo III, bearded, wearing loros and crown with cross on circlet and holding outwards a cross potent on globe in right hand.

-LE-ONPML

Accession number BZC.2009.026
Catalogue ID as DOC 3.1:302, no. (4)
Ruler Constantine V
Date of Reign 741–775
Associated Authority Leo III
Leo IV
Metal Gold
Denomination Semissis
Mint Constantinople
Date 750775
Diameter 11.0 mm
Weight 1.99 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Grierson’s entry (DOC 3.1:302, no. [4]) cited the Vienna specimen from Longuet, “Die unedierten byzantinischen Münzen des Wiener Kabinettes,” 45, no. 208.

Acquisition History

Ira and Larry Goldberg sale, 26 May 2009, lot 2213, Pre-Long Beach sale