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Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.
In 665 the Arabs began a new invasion of North Africa. Resupplied by sea, the Byzantine were able to hold the coast and well-fortified Carthage for decades. In the spring of 698, however, the Arabs launched an assault by sea and land, forcing the Byzantines and their allies to evacuate Carthage. The Arabs burned the city to the ground, leaving the area desolate for the next two centuries. The Arab conquest of North Africa was then nearly complete.
BZ76424. Bronze follis
, DOC II part
2, 147; Sommer
12.74; Wroth BMC
1632; Morrisson BnF
1055, nice F, overstruck
, slightly ragged flan
6.849g, maximum diameter
24.8mm, die axis
, 662 - 667 A.D.; obverse Constans
(left) with long cross
in right, and Constantine (right), both crowned and stand facing, cross
between, trace of legend
large M flanked by Heraclius (left) and Tiberius
, both stand facing in crown and chlamys
above, KTς below; scarce
Catalog current as of Sunday, October 22, 2017.
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