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

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BYZANTINE, Constans II, 641-668 AD, follis, Syracuse mint, officina illegible, Obverse: beardless bust facing, MPER CONST, Reverse: small M, ANA NEOS, SC, bronze, 22-26mm, 5.32g, SB1103, overstruck on Constantinople coin, F

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The reign of Constans II was full of trouble, and he was perhaps a bit overly autocratic in his approach, but he managed to hold on and improved the position of the Empire as he suppressed revolts and fought off Slavs and Arabs. But he ran out of friends in the end, and was assassinated, in Sicily, as it happened, where this coin was made.

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.