ewomack Posted February 10 · Member Share Posted February 10 Bronze Constans II coins in which the portrait and surface features appear even somewhat well defined seem relatively uncommon. His thick, flowing beard and sometimes rather muppet-like appearance have their own appeal, but they often vanish into the field as worn indistinguishable blobs. The coin below is, believe it or not, the best bronze Constans II coin that I've yet come across within my reach. One can at least make out the emperor for the most part and the globus cruciger really stands out. The letters all remain fairly legible as well. In hand, the coin reveals different details in different shades of light, especially on the lower chlamys. Perhaps I have some kind of aesthetic disease, but I absolutely love the ugly beauty of Byzantine coins like this one. For me, even the grossly irregular flan adds interest. Constans II (641-668), Æ Follis / 40 Nummi, Syracuse, 652-3, Æ, 23-27mm 6g; Obv: Constans standing facing, wearing crown and chlamys, holding globus cruciger in right hand; I/H/Δ to l., I/A to right; Rev: Large M; cross above; SCL. MIB 208; DOC 179; Sear 1108 History hasn't paid Constans II too much attention overall, but he managed to rule for 27 years despite a very rapid Muslim expansion, lost territory, and other uprisings. He relocated the Empire's capital to Syracuse on Sicily and carried on the Heraclian dynasty until, according to Sayles, a servant killed him in his bath with a soap dish. Based on his coins, one can only imagine how wonderful a beard he must have possessed. Please post your amazingly bearded Constans II coins! 14 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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