An extremely fine, well centered, near fleur de coin Byzantine gold solidus of Emperor Constans II, struck circa 662 - 667 A.D. at the Constantinople mint, third officina (workshop).
The obverse depicts the facing busts of Constans II, on the left, with long beard and moustache and his eldest son, Constantine IV on the right, both wearing cross topped crown and chlamys.
The reverse with cross potent set on three steps; at sides Constans II younger sons, Heraclius and Tiberius standing facing, each holding globus cruciger. The legend reads; VICTORIA AVG ЧΓ - "[To the] Victory of the Emperors"
CONOB in exergue - Literally translated as, "Constantinopoli obryzum". The solidus weighed 1/72 (4.45g) of the Roman pound. "OB" was used as both an abbreviation for the word obryzum, translated as, 'refined' or 'pure gold' and as the Greek numeral 72. Thus, the exergue inscription CONOB may be read "Constantinople, 1/72 pound pure gold." -- Byzantine Coinage by Philip Grierson
A truly superb example of its type, the finest that we have seen on the market. For an inferior example which achieved a price of $2,160 in May 2012 please see the following link.
For another inferior example which achieved $2,275 in May 2012 please see the following link.
Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 4.45 g.
Provenance: Ex English private collection. artancientltd