Byzantine Empire, also referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire, was the continuation of the Roman Empire in the East during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, when its capital city was Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul). It survived the fragmentation and fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD and continued to exist for an additional thousand years until it fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
Representing the third generation of the dynasty founded by Heraclius, Constans II was crowned emperor when he was 11 years old. The Arabs were an immediate threat, taking over Egypt and North Africa, much of the eastern lands, and raiding islands off the coast of Asia Minor. Fortunately, internal strife among the Arabs forced a temporary truce, allowing Constans to campaign against Slavs in the Balkans. He transported many of the conquered Slavs to Asia Minor, where presumably they were brought into military service. Late in his reign Constans turned his focus westward, campaigning against the Lombards and shoring up Southern Italy and Sicily, from where he hoped to restore Byzantine influence in North Africa. His efforts in the West incensed many in Constantinople and led to his murder at age 37, which gave rise to the brief usurpation of a court official, Mezizius. Constans’ portrait, shown beside that of his eldest son and principal successor Constantine IV, makes it clear why he earned the nickname pogonata ("the bearded").
This Ancient gold coin is graded with Ch MS (Mint State) by NGC.
|Metal Content||4.36 gram|
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