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Constantine IV Pogonatus, 15 July 668 - 10 July 685 A.D.
Joint rule with Constans II (his father), 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D., and Heraclius and Tiberius (his brothers), 2 June 659 - autumn 681 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.
Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.
In 663, Constans II invaded southern Italy.BZ98061. Bronze follis, Anastasi 204; SBCV 1110; DOC II part 2, 181; Hahn MIB 210; Morrisson BnF 9; Wroth BMC 362; Tolstoi 374; Ratto 1638, gVF, well centered and struck, mottled green and red patina, weight 3.494 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, Syracuse mint, 659 - 663; obverse Constans (left) in military attire with long cross in right, and Constantine in chlamys with globus cruciger in right, both crowned and stand facing; reverse large M flanked by Heraclius (left) and Tiberius, both stand facing in crown and chlamys, each holds globus cruciger in right, monogram above, SCL in exergue; $150.00 (€123.00)
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, weight 4.270 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 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
Sear 1153 and 1154 are similar with variations in portrait and legend. The obverse legend is closest to S 1153, however, the portrait for S 1153 is described as beardless. Here he appears to have the short beard listed for S 1154.SH10982. Gold solidus, SBCV 1154 (legend var.), VF+, weight 4.428 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 668 - 681 A.D.; obverse D N CONSANuS P, three-quarter facing cuirassed bust wearing helmet, spear in right, shield ornamented with horseman on left shoulder; reverse VICTORIA AVGu H (victory of the Emperor, 8th officina), cross-potent on steps between facing busts of Heraclius (on left) and Tiberius (on right) each holding globus cruciger, CONOB in exergue; graffiti in left obverse field, ex Colosseum Coin Exchange; SOLD
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