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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.1117
People
Constantine VI, Byzantine (780 - 792)
Constantine V and Leo IV, Byzantine (ruled jointly 751-775)
Title
Solidus of Constantine VI and Irene, Constantinople
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
792-797 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Early
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/168924
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.39 g
Die Axis
6
Denomination
solidus
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: IRInH AGammaOVSTI
  • Reverse Inscription: COnSTAn TInOSbAS'. At end, Theta.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 3.1, 3a.5 (p.342)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.1117
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and crown with cross, pinnacles and pendilia, holding globe cruciger in r. hand and cross scepter in l.

Rev.: Bust of Constantine facing, beardless, wearing chlamys and crown with cross, holding globe cruciger in r. hand and akakia in l.
Publication History

Alfred R. Bellinger, ed., Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection (Washington, D.C, 1992), vol 3., 342, cat. 3 a.5.

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 60/figs. 18a,18b

Exhibition History

Byzantine Women and Their World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/25/2002 - 04/28/2003

Ancient to Modern, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/31/2012 - 06/01/2013

32Q: 3620 University Study Gallery, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 01/17/2017 - 05/08/2017

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