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Constans II and Constantine IV (654–59)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1629 (formerly Fogg 1629)
Diameter 29 mm
Condition Bottom half of seal is missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 20.2.


Seemingly the Mother of God, standing. A cross potent at right. Wreath border.


Bust of Constans II at left, and a smaller bust of Constantine IV at right. Constans II wears a crown with a cross and a chlamys. Constantine IV wears a crown with a cross. A small cross potent in the upper field, between the two figures. Remains of a circular inscription beginning at left. Wreath border.


[D(omini)] n(ostri) Constantin(us) [c(e)] Con[stantin(us)].


Domini nostri Constantinus ce Constantinus.

Our lords Constans and Constantine.


Constans II took his son Constantine IV as a colleague on 13 April 654. Consequently seals and coins (for example, DOC 2.2:25h [pl. 24]; MIB 3: Prägetabelle 5, nos. 26–28) bearing depictions of the two rulers are assigned from that date until June of 659, when Constans associated with himself two more sons, Herakleios and Tiberios. As with coins, Constans during this second period of his reign is depicted with a longer beard and mustache.

It is uncertain whether the missing letter between the two names is C or S.