1 Solidus - In the name of Constans II, 641-668 Spoleto; without symbol

1 Solidus - In the name of Constans II, 641-668 (Spoleto; without symbol) -  obverse1 Solidus - In the name of Constans II, 641-668 (Spoleto; without symbol) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer Duchy of Tuscany (Lombardic Duchy of Tuscany)
Ruling authority Anonymous (620-700)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 641-700
Value 1 Solidus = 3 Tremissis (3)
Currency Tremissis (620-700)
Composition Gold
Weight 4.36 g
Diameter 20 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Technique Hammered
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 150253
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Obverse

Crowned, draped, and bearded bust holding cross and surrounded by legend.

Lettering: D N CONSTAN - TINVS PP AV

Translation:
Dominus Noster Constans Perpetuus Augustus
Our Lord, Constans, perpetual August

Reverse

Cross on four steps without symbol to the right, all surrounded by legend.

Lettering:
VTORI - A AVCC
CONOB

Translation:
Victoria Augustus / Constantinople
Victory of the August / Constantinople

Edge

Smooth.

Comments

While this coin has design features similar to coins within the Lombard Kingdom, the specific area is uncertain. With the design being slightly different from issues of Lombardy, Tuscany, and Benevento, one theory is that this type came from the Duchy of Spoleto, which otherwise had no known coins. Even so, that is just a theory. Out of the other three places, this coin is most similar to ones from Tuscany, which is why it will be listed here.

The date is also unknown, so with this coin being listed with the pseudo-imperial coins of Tuscany, it will be given the largest date-range possible (starting at when Constans II came into power).

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (641-700)  Only one example known

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