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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.

|Constantine| |IV|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |IV,| |Pogonatus,| |15| |July| |668| |-| |10| |July| |685| |A.D.||solidus|
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


Byzantine Empire, Constantine IV Pogonatus, 15 July 668 - 10 July 685 A.D.

|Constantine| |IV|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |IV| |Pogonatus,| |15| |July| |668| |-| |10| |July| |685| |A.D.||solidus|
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-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 Δ, 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


|Constantine| |IV|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |IV| |Pogonatus,| |15| |July| |668| |-| |10| |July| |685| |A.D.||solidus|
Legends on this type are normally very abbreviated and blundered.
SH51595. Gold solidus, DOC II-1 10e; SBCV 1154, gVF, weight 4.272 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 674 - 681; obverse D N COS-T-NYS P, helmeted, diademed, and cuirassed bust facing, spear in right behind head, shield in left decorated with horseman, helmet with crest and plume; reverse VICTO-A AVGY S, cross potent on three steps between Heraclius (left) and Tiberius, each wears crown and chlamys and holds globus cruciger, CONOB in exergue; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.

|Constans| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constans| |II| |and| |Constantine| |IV,| |13| |April| |654| |-| |15| |July| |668| |A.D.||solidus|
In 663, Constans II visited Rome for twelve days - the only emperor to set foot in Rome for two centuries! He was received with great honor by pope Vitalian. Constans II gave the order to strip buildings, including the Pantheon, of their ornaments to be carried back to Constantinople.
SH26632. Gold solidus, DOC II-2 30b, Morrisson 13/Cp/AV/46, Tolstoi 287, Ratto 1605, Hahn MIB 31, Sommer 12.23, SBCV 964, Wroth BMC -, EFvery sharp, minor edge bump,, weight 4.486 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 661 - 663 A.D.; obverse [legend fragmentary], facing busts of Constans & Constantine IV, Constans wears plumed helmet, Constantine a helmet with cross, small cross between heads; reverse VICTORIA AVGU H (victory of the Emperor, 8th officina), cross potent on three steps between Heraclius (left) and Tiberius, each wears crown and chlamys and holds globus cruciger, CoNoB in exergue; ex Gorny & Mosch; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.

|Constans| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constans| |II| |and| |Constantine| |IV,| |13| |April| |654| |-| |15| |July| |668| |A.D.||solidus|
Constans II, was baptized Herakleios and reigned officially as Constantine. He was only 10 years old when he was made emperor. Constans was his diminutive nickname, which has become standard in modern historiography. Later in life he was also called Constantine the Bearded (Konstantinos Pogonatos). Shortly after he was made co-emperor, his uncle Heraclonas was deposed, mutilated and banished. During his rule Egypt was permanently lost. He moved the capital to Syracuse, but this and his tyrannical behavior led to his assassination.
SH99916. Gold solidus, Hahn MIB 28, SBCV 960 (lists 9th officina), Sommer 12.19, DOC II-2 26 var. (officina unlisted),, EF, tight flan, mint luster, light marks, weight 4.420 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 654 - 659 A.D.; obverse d N CONSTANTINuS E CONSTAN (or similar), facing busts of Constans & Constantine IV (beardless) each wearing crown and chlamys, cross between their heads; reverse VICTORIA AVGY Θ (victory of the Emperor, 9th officina), cross potent on three steps, CONOBI in exergue; rare officina, scarce type; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.

|Constans| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constans| |II| |and| |Constantine| |IV,| |13| |April| |654| |-| |15| |July| |668| |A.D.||solidus|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
SH19040. Gold solidus, SBCV 963; Hahn MIB 30; DOC II-2 29 (officina not listed), EF, some double-striking on obverse, surface flaw in reverse field to left of cross, weight 4.466 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 225o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 659 - 661 A.D.; obverse d N CONSTANΓINo (sic), facing busts of Constans & Constantine IV, Constans wears plumed helmet, Constantine a helmet with cross, small cross between heads; reverse VICTORI-A A-VGU Δ + CoNoB, cross on globus between facing figures of Heraclius (left) and Tiberius, each wears crown and chlamys and holds globus cruciger; from the Woolslayer Collection; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Leo IV and Constantine VI, 24 April 776 - 8 September 780 A.D.

|Leo| |IV|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Leo| |IV| |and| |Constantine| |VI,| |24| |April| |776| |-| |8| |September| |780| |A.D.||follis|
The emperors on the obverse were the current rulers of the empire. Constantine VI was the only child of Emperor Leo IV. He was elevated to co-emperor in 751, while still an infant. He would succeed his father. The emperors on the reverse were deceased. Constantine V was Leo IV's father, and Leo III was his grandfather. When this coin was struck the letter M was on both follis and half follis. It no longer represented 40 nummi. The letters BA are found only on the folles, not the half folles. It likely abbreviates BAΣIΛΕIΣ (kings).
BZ95680. Bronze follis, DOC III-1 4, Morrisson BnF 25/Cp/AE/01, Wroth BMC 11, Tolstoi 11, Ratto 1772, SBCV 1586, Sommer 24.4, gF, well centered, light corrosion, weight 4.922 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 776 - 778 A.D.; obverse facing busts Leo IV (on left) bearded, and Constantine VI (on right) beardless, each wears crown and chlamys, cross above, no inscription; reverse facing bust of Leo III and Constantine V, each with short beard, each wears crown, loros and holds cross potent, B left, A right, all above horizontal line; below line large M (40 nummi) between X and N, A below; SOLD







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