BYZANTINE, Constantine V, 741-775 AD, Syracuse mint


BYZANTINE, Constantine V, 741-775 AD, follis, no date, Syracuse, Obverse: bust of Constantine V, bearded, on left, and bust of Leo IV, beardless, on right, both facing, A E W N, Reverse: bust of Leo III facing, bronze, 15-19mm, 2.82g, SB1569, 2 of the 3 portraits partly off flan, VF+

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

Constantine V was a raving iconoclast, which is a thing that people killed each over then: whether or not people should be allowed to pray to images of Jesus. He won victories against the Arabs and the Bulgarians.

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.