Solidus of Constantine IV

Byzantine
Early Byzantine Period
A.D. 681–685


Mint: Constantinople

Dimensions

Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 4.36 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

65.296

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: bust of Constantine IV, three-quarter face to right, with short beard, wearing helmet and cuirass, and holding spear and shield.
[P]CONS TA NUSPPA (first S retrograde)
Reverse: cross potent on three steps, CONOB in exergue
VICT[ORI] AUGU[at end: Greek letter theta]

This is the so-called fine style emission.

Provenance

By date unknown: Edward Jackson Holmes (1873-1950) Collection; 1932-1941 and 1949-1965: lent by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA; 1965: bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA, March 10, 1965

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes