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Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |Heraclean Dynasty| > |Constantine IV| > SH54777
Byzantine Empire, Constantine IV Pogonatus, 15 July 668 - 10 July 685 A.D.
Constantine IV, Pogonatus should be credited with saving Europe from Muslim conquest. The great siege of Constantinople by the caliph Muawiyah I, beginning in 674, lasted four years. The newly invented "Greek Fire" made the city impregnable. Legends on this type are normally very abbreviated and blundered.
SH54777. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 8 (unlisted officina); Hahn MIB 7a; SBCV 1154, gVF, 4th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 4.270g, maximum diameter 20.0mm, die axis 180o, 674 - 681; obverse D N COS-T-NYS P, helmeted, diademed, and cuirassed bust facing, spear in right over shoulder, shield in left decorated with horseman, helmet with plume; reverse VICTO-A AVGY ∆, cross potent on three steps between Heraclius (on left) and Tiberius, each wears crown and chlamys and holds globus cruciger in left, CONOB in exergue; SOLD










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Byzantine Coins of Constantine IV Pogonatus