Solidus of Constans II
money, coins (money)
A bust of emperor Constans II is on the obverse. He was born Heraclius Constantinus Augustus. Constans was a nickname that eventually became standard in text. He is holding a globus cruciger or a cross. On the reverse side, the cross on the steps represents the great cross that emperor Theodosius II erected in Golgotha, which is the crucifixion site. The cross may symbolize the devotion to christianity the Romans or specifically Constans felt.
Constans II, Emperor of Constantinople
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau, fall 2019)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)
Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire