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Gold solidus of Constans II, Constantinople, 654-59

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Discover some of the coins in the Winchester Cabinet, a collection of over 3000 ancient coins, medals and tokens collected by William Eyre, an eighteenth-century barrister, held by Leeds Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Gold solidus of Constans II, Constantinople, found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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The solidus replaced the Roman aureus in the early fourth century and became the standard high-value coin throughout the Mediterranean world for centuries. The reverse lettering CONOB means that this coin was struck at Constantinople, modern-day Istanbul, from refined gold, "obryzum". The letters OB may also represent the Greek number 72, as there were 72 solidi to the Roman pound.

The obverse of this coin shows a double portrait of Constans II alongside his son Constantine IV, whom he made co-emperor. Like many emperors, Constans met an unfortunate end as he was assassinated while taking a bath.

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