BYZANTINE EMPIRE. Constans II, 641-668 AD. Gold solidus of Constantinople. Facing crowned busts of emperor and son / Large cross on steps between two standing emperors. This coin is a replica of a solid gold coin, this coin is metal with gold plating. The original coin was minted 641-668 AD.
Donated by Dr.'s Anthony and Maria Zannis. Date of when the replica was made is unknown.
Constantine the Bearded (Konstantinos Pogonatos), was Byzantine Emperor from 641 to 668. He was the last emperor to serve as consul, in 642. Constans is a diminutive nickname given to the Emperor, who had been baptized Herakleios and reigned officially as Constantine. The nickname established itself in Byzantine texts and has become standard in modern historiography.
Born on 7 November 630, the son of Constantine III. Raised to co-emperor in summer 641 after his father's death due to army pressure, he became sole emperor after the forced abdication of his uncle Heraklonas. Baptized Heraclius, he reigned as Constantine. "Constans" is his nickname. Moved his seat to Syracuse, where he was assassinated, possibly on the orders of Mezezius.
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Coin, March 22, 2013, Dr. Anthony and Maria Zannis Collection, National Hellenic Museum, https://collections.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/Detail/objects/6669. Accessed 06/23/21.