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Constans II (647–51)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.550 (formerly DO 58.106.550)
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 19.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 15a.


The Mother of God standing, wearing a chiton and maphorion, and holding Christ, who is framed within an oval mandorla, before her. Her left leg is bent at the knee. A cross potent at left and right. No visible border.


Constans II standing, with a short beard and long hair at the sides curling outward. He wears a crown with a cross and a chlamys, and holds a globus cruciger in his right hand. His left leg is bent at the knee. A circular inscription beginning at left. No visible border.


D(ominus) n(oster) Constantinus p(er)p(etuus) aug(ustus).


Dominus noster Constantinus perpetuus augustus.

Our lord Constans, eternal augustus.


On gold coins struck between 647 and 651 the emperor Constans II is represented with a short beard (for example, DOC 2.2:15c [pl. 24]; MIB 3: Prägetabelle 5, nos. 9–22).

The identifying inscription has the same spacing as on a seal published by Laurent in Vatican, no. 6. It is interesting to note that Laurent thought that the Virgin is seated, an optical illusion found on numerous seals of Herakleios and Constans II.