Byzantine Gold Solidus!
This Gold Solidus was issued by the Byzantine Empire which formed out of the eastern half of the Roman Empire after the latters collapse. The name was derived from its capital city Byzantium, which later became Constantinople (modern day Istanbul). This coin was struck during the joint reign of the Emperors Constans II (a nickname for Constantine), who was also known as Contantine the Bearded, was Byzantine Emperor from 641-668. He became consul in 642, which made him the last Roman emperor to become consul.
The obverse shows a fully bearded Constans at center facing next to his son and successor, Constantine IV. The reverse features a cross potent atop three steps. Two phrases are also shown on the reverse: "CONOB" which is an abbreviation of the Greek for "Byzantine coinage," and "VICTORIA AVGY."
The coins in this listing will each weigh approx. 4.3 grams. Each example has been certified AU by NGC.
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|Metal Content:||0.1395 troy oz|