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Byzantine Empire, Constantine IV Pogonatus, 15 July 668 - 10 July 685 A.D.
The first Arab siege of Constantinople began in 674. In 678, the Byzantines finally broke the Siege when they destroyed the Arab fleet using a new incendiary liquid known as Greek fire, and then defeated the Arab army on land. Constantinople would not fall to the Muslims until 29 May 1453.
BZ71697. Bronze follis, DOC II 91 (also with obscure date), Sommer 13.37 (same), SBCV 1239 (years 22 - 28), MIB III 117 (same), Wroth BMC 97 (year 27), Tolstoi 84 (same), F, pea green patina, Ravenna mint, weight 3.885g, maximum diameter 19.5mm, die axis 180o
, 675 - 682 A.D.; obverse diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing, beardless, spear diagonal behind head in right hand, shield on left; reverse large M (40 nummi), between figures of Heraclius and Tiberius, each holding globus cruciger; ANNO over Roman numeral regnal year date (obscure) above, Θ below, RAV in exergue; scarce
Catalog current as of Saturday, August 24, 2019.
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