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Live auction - bby_340191 - CONSTANS II and CONSTANTINE IV Solidus

CONSTANS II and CONSTANTINE IV Solidus AU/AU
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Estimate : 700 €
Price : 550 €
Maximum bid : 550 €
End of the sale : 05 December 2014 10:52:54
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Solidus
Date: 654-659
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1.000 ‰
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,39 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 5e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale et irrégulier, bien centré des deux côtés. Beaux portraits de Constans II et de Constantin IV. Revers de haut relief. Conserve la plus grande partie de son brillant de frappe et de son coupant d’origine
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : D N CONSTANTINYS E CONSTANI.
Obverse description : Bustes couronnés de face de Constans II et de C onstantin IV, vêtus de la chlamyde ; croisette au milieu ; Constans II porte la barbe longue ; Constantin IV est petit et imberbe.
Obverse translation : “Domini Nostri Constantinus et Constans...”, (Nos seigneurs Constantin et Constans...).

Reverse


Reverse legend : VICTORIA - AVGYE/ -|-// CONOB.
Reverse description : Croix potencée posée sur trois degrés.
Reverse translation : “Victoria Augusti”, (Victoire de l’auguste).

Commentary


Le portrait de Constantin IV semble plus mature sur cet exemplaire.

Historical background


CONSTANS II CONSTANTINE IV

(13/04/654-15/07/668)

Constans II, born in 630, was the son of Heraclius Constantine and the grand-son of Heraclius. He was associated with power in September 641 and the beginning of his reign saw the permanent loss of Egypt swept by Islam. Constans in the years 650-54, faced many rebellions and revolts, especially in North Africa. In 654, his son Constantine IV becomes august. From 659, Heraclius and Tiberius are associated with power, and on the coins, they are the reverse. It was Constantine, the eldest son of Constans is always shown on the right side of his father. At the end of his reign, Constantine IV abandoned Constantinople finally settling in Syracuse. This is where he was assassinated in 668.

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