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Constantine IV Pogonatus, 15 July 668 - 10 July 685 A.D.
Constantine IV Pogonatus should be credited with saving Europe from Muslim conquest. Beginning in 674, the great siege of Constantinople, by the caliph Muawiyah I, lasted four years. The newly invented famous "Greek Fire" made the city impregnable and the Arabs were forced to retreat. In 681 he deposed his two brothers. He was succeeded by his 16-year-old son Justinian II.
BZ84239. Bronze half follis
245, DOC II
186, Hahn MIB III
-, VF, green patina
, rough, Syracuse
2.566g, maximum diameter
17.6mm, die axis
, 679 - 681 A.D.; obverse
helmeted and cuirassed bust
facing slightly right, holding spear over shoulder; reverse
large K, cross
above, +AN-NO ∆ (year 4) flanking left and right; very rare
Catalog current as of Sunday, May 19, 2019.
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