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Live auction - bby_440163 - CONSTANS II Solidus

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Estimate : 850 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 12 September 2017 15:17:41
Type : Solidus
Date: 651-654
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : gold
Millesimal fineness : 1000 ‰
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 4,51 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 6e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale, bien centré, un peu court sur les légendes. Beau portrait de Constans II. Joli revers. Patine de collection
Predigree :
Cet exemplaire a été acquis en février 1988 et provient de Art Antique (J.-P. Kimmel)


Obverse legend : DN CONSTAN-TINYS P P A.
Obverse description : Buste couronné de Constans II de face, vêtu de la chlamyde, tenant le globe crucigère de la main droite.
Obverse translation : “Dominus Noster Constantinus Perpetuus Augustus”, (Notre seigneur Constantin perpétuel auguste).


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


R de VICTORIA rétrograde en forme de A.

Historical background



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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