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Romanos I, Christophoros, and Constantine VII (922/24–31)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1654 (formerly Fogg 1654)
Diameter 30 mm
Condition Half of seal is missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 59.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 66b.

Obverse

Half-length representation of Christ, bearded, wearing a tunic and himation, and holding a book in his left hand. He has a cross behind his head. Remains of a circular inscription at right. Border of dots.

.......RISS

[Iηsus X]ristus.

Reverse

Three half-length figures, of which only the left and center are visible: in center, Romanos I, bearded, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a loros; at left, Christophoros, beardless and more diminutive than Romanos, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a chlamys. Remains of a circular inscription at left. Border of dots.

ROAˊXRISOF,C. . .

Roman(os), Χristof(oros) c[e Constant(inos) b(asilis) R(omaion)].

Translation

Iηsus Xristus.
Romanos, Χristoforos ce Constantinos basilis Romaion.

Jesus Christ.
Romanos, Christophoros, and Constantine, basileis of the Romans.

Commentary

Romanos I’s son, Christophoros, was crowned augustus by Constantine VII on 20 May 921 and died in 931. The dating is based upon a novel promulgated in April of 922 in the names of Romanos, Constantine, and Christophoros. Grierson has assigned to the period ca. 930 gold coins depicting the three emperors together together (DOC 3.2:8.1 [pl. 36]; BNC 2: p. 562).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1654 (formerly Fogg 1654)
Diameter 30 mm
Condition Half of seal is missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 59.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 66b.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1654 (formerly Fogg 1654)
Diameter 30 mm
Condition Half of seal is missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 59.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 66b.

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