BYZANTINE, Constans II, 641-668 AD, follis, Syracuse mint


BYZANTINE, Constans II, 641-668 AD, follis, no date, Syracuse mint, Obverse: crowned long bust facing, holding globus cruciger, INPER CONST, Reverse: M, ANA NEOS, SCI, bronze, 23-26mm, 4.65g, SB1107, clear overstrike,weak reverse, VF

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A batch of nice Sicilian bronzes went through the market in the early 2000s.

Constans II had a number of problems to deal with. He lost Egypt to the Arabs, campaigned successfully against the Slavs. Late in his reign he left Constantinople and moved to Sicily, where he was assassinated.

We call them Byzantines, but they thought of themselves as Romans. It is not incorrect to think of the Roman Empire persisting until 1453, when the Ottomans conquered Constantinople. The main reference we are using for the Byzantine series is “Byzantine Coins and their Values,” by David Sear.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.