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Constans II and Constantine IV (654–59)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4263 (formerly DO 55.1.4263)
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Chipped.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 20.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 17a. For a similar specimen see Likhachev, “Nekotorye,” 516, fig. 41.


Three-quarter length representation of the Mother of God, wearing a chiton and maphorion, and holding Christ, who is framed by an oval mandorla, before her. A cross potent is at right. Wreath border.


Bust of Constans II at left, with long beard and mustache, and a smaller bust of Constantine IV at right. Each wears a crown with a cross and a chlamys. Each emperor wears his hair long at the sides and curled inward. A small cross in the upper field, between the two figures. A circular inscription beginning at left. Wreath border.


D(omini) n(ostri) Con[stan]tinu[s c(e) Constantin(us)].


Domini nostri Constantinus ce Constantinus.

Our lords Constans and Constantine.


Constans II took his son Constantine IV as a colleague on 13 April 654. Consequently seals and coins (for example, DOC 2.2:25h [pl. 24]; MIB 3: Prägetabelle 5, nos. 26–28) bearing depictions of the two rulers are assigned from that date until June of 659, when Constans associated with himself two more sons, Herakleios and Tiberios. As with coins, Constans during this second period of his reign is depicted with a longer beard and mustache.

The transcription of the reverse legend is based on coins, and represents one of several possible resolutions.