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Constantine IV, Pogonatos "the Bearded" 668-685 AD.
Solidus c. 681-685 AD. (after the mutilation of his brothers)
Constantine IV (Κωνσταντίνος Δ') Pogonatos, "the Bearded" (c. 652 – September 685) was Byzantine Emperor from 668 to 685. His reign saw the first serious check to nearly 50 years of uninterrupted Islamic expansion. As religion was an important element in Byzantine society the empire was torn between Monothelitism and Orthodoxy. In November 680 Constantine convened the Sixth Ecumenical Council. Although he officiated many of the proceedings he took no active role in the theological discussions. The Council reaffirmed the Orthodox doctrines of the Council of Chalcedon in 451 solving the monothelite controversy. When the Emperor Constans II was alive he had elevated Constantine IV to the rank of junior co-emperor and his brothers Heraklios and Tiberios were crowned with him as August. This rank affirmation was accepted by popular demand. Threatened by his brothers he decided to make them ineligible for imperial rule. In 681 Constantine had them mutilated knowing an emperor could not serve in such a physical state. Eventually he made his son Justinian II co-emperor before he died of dysentery in September 685. Eventually Constantine made his son Justinian II co-emperor before he died of dysentery in September 685. Obverse helmeted and cuirassed Constantine IV with a short beard holding a spear and shield. PCONt tANY SPPA. Reverse a Cross on three steps, VICTORA AVG YB CONOB officina Z=7.
Mint: Constantinople
Provenance: Private acqusition*

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