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Name:  Hoard A
Brief biography:  Hoard of 31 gold solidi of Constans II found in north Syria in 1960.

Unlike its contemporaries, the contents of Hoard ‘A’ are all from a short chronological span (all from the reign of Constans II before the association of his sons). It has a terminus post quem of 650, but its earliest coins date from 641. It may be that this hoard represented newly acquired wealth or a shipment of taxes. The coins totalled 31 gold solidi, all from the Constantinople mint. Whitting notes that a die study having been conducted on the hoard, it does not seem to represent counterfeit coins.

The seventh century being a time of continuing conflict between the Byzantines and Sasanians, then the Byzantines and Umayyad Caliphate, it is likely that this hoard was buried to protect its contents.

The exact whereabouts of Hoard ‘A’’s find site is simply noted as ‘North Syria’ or ‘near the Turco-Syrian boarder’. This is obviously not ideal for analysis.

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