Constans II 641-668 CE
Byzantine Gold Solidus

A Byzantine Gold Solidus struck in Constantinople mint between 641-668 CE for Constans II. A coin very similer to this is claimed to have been found in Anuradhapura.
SPECIFICATIONS
DenominationSolidus
Alloy Gold
Type Struck
Diameter 19.0 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Weight Legal4.54 gms
Weight 4.44 gms
Shape Round
Edge Plain
Die Axis
Mint Constantinople
_obverse _reverse
Sear #940
_obverse _reverse
Obverse : CONSTANTINUS PP AV, beardless facing bust, wearing crown and chlamys, holding globus cruciger
Reverse : VICTORIA AVGU, cross potent on three steps; Above CONOB.

The gold Solidus of 4.54 grams was introduced by Constantine the Great (306-337 CE) of Byzantine Empire and was the European standard for over a Millennium. The weight was adopted for Lanka's Kahavanu which was defined during that Era.

The coin was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 300 dpi.
In 2004 I was sent an image of a Byzantine Gold Solidus shown on lower panel which was claimed to have been found in Anuradhapura. It was worn and had been used as Jewellery as apparent from the crudely filled in hole. Ceylon Coins and Currency By H. W. Codrington does not mention any Byzantine coins found in Lanka. The coin on above panel is a Byzantine Gold Solidus of higher grade of same king purchased in 2004 from a Dealer in USA.