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John II Komnenos (1118–1143)

Accession Number:
BZS.1951.31.5.1694 (formerly Fogg 1694)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 91.4

Details

Diameter:
32 mm
Weight:
14.38 g

Obverse

John II Komnenos (1118–1143)

A bearded Christ seated on a high-back throne, wearing a tunic and himation. He holds the right hand in blessing and a book in the left. His feet rest on a dais. He has a nimbus cruciger; each arm contains a decoration consisting of one pellet. Border of dots.

Reverse

John II Komnenos (1118–1143)

John II standing, wearing a crown and a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist. He holds in the right hand a labarum (only partially imprinted) and a globus cruciger in the left. Circular inscription, beginning at 7 o’clock. Border of dots.

John II Komnenos (1118–1143)

Ἰω(άννῃ) δεσπότ(ῃ) τῷ πορφυρογε[ννήτῳ].

Translation

Ἰωάννῃ δεσπότῃ τῷ πορφυρογεννήτῳ.

John porphyrogennetos, despotes.

Audio

Commentary

The use of the dative case is unusual as there is no invocation accompanying the inscription. For coins of John II with a similar dative inscription see DOC 4.1: no. 12a.

 

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