Constantine IV AV Tremissis Gold Byzantine Coin 668-685 AD - Certified NGC Ch MS. Constantine IV AV Tremissis is a gold Byzantine coin that was in circulation during the reign of Emperor Constantine IV from 668 to 685 AD.
This particular coin is certified by NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) as Ch MS, which stands for Choice Mint State, indicating that the coin is in excellent, near-perfect condition. Let's dive deeper into the historical context of this coin and its features. Constantine IV, also known as Constantine Pogonatus, was a Byzantine Emperor who ruled from 668 to 685 AD.
He was the eldest son of Constans II and succeeded his father after his assassination in 668 AD. Constantine IV is best known for defending the Byzantine Empire against Arab sieges, particularly the Siege of Constantinople from 674 to 678, which ended in a significant victory for the Byzantines.
The AV Tremissis is a gold coin, representing one-third of a solidus, which was the standard gold coin of the Byzantine Empire. The coin typically weighs between 1.4 to 1.5 grams and has a diameter of around 14-16 millimeters. The obverse of the Constantine IV AV Tremissis features a bust of the emperor, wearing a crown and a cuirass (a type of armor), facing forward.The legend around the portrait would read: "dN CONSTAN-TINYS PPA" (Dominus Noster Constantinus Perpetuus Augustus), which translates to Our Lord Constantine, Eternal Emperor. The reverse side of the coin usually depicts a cross potent on a base with three steps, symbolizing the Christian faith and the Holy Trinity. The legend around the reverse design reads: "VICTORIA AVGY" (Victoria Augustorum), meaning Victory of the Emperors. " Below the cross, the coin bears the mintmark CONOB, which stands for "Constantinopolis Obryzum, indicating the coin was minted in Constantinople and made of refined gold.
The NGC certification of Ch MS means that this specific coin has been authenticated and graded by one of the leading third-party coin grading services. A Choice Mint State coin is one that has minimal wear, excellent luster, and only minor imperfections that are consistent with its age. It is highly sought after by collectors and numismatists due to its historical significance and exceptional condition.
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