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Constans II, Constantine IV, Herakleios, and Tiberios (663–68)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.549 (formerly DO 58.106.549)
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 21.1; for similar specimens see Zacos–Veglery, nos. 20a–b; Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 14 (659–65); and Likhachev, “Nekotorye,” 516–17, figs. 42–45.


The Mother of God standing, wearing a chiton and maphorion, and holding Christ, who is framed by an oval mandorla, before her. A cross potent at left and right.


Four emperors standing. Each wears a crown with a cross and a chlamys, and holds a globus cruciger in his right hand. Constans II, the tallest figure, with a long beard and mustache, stands second from the left. On his right is Constantine IV, seemingly with a short beard. On the ends are two smaller figures, both beardless: Herakleios at left and Tiberios at right. Constans wears his hair long at the sides and curled, and his sidelocks are combed downward and outward. No epigraphy. Wreath border.


Constans’s two sons, Herakleios and Tiberios, became associated with their father and brother in 659. Although they first appear on gold coin emissions after 659, Grierson has dated those coins on which the emperors each hold a globus cruciger in his right hand to the period ca. 663–68 (for example, DOC 2.2:41d [pl. XXV]; MIB 3: Prägetabelle V, nos. 29–40).