Andronikos II Palaiologos (1282-1328)
DO Seals 6 no. 106.1; Zacos-Veglery, no. 123b
Christ standing to front before a low thokos, wearing a tunic and himation and holding the right hand in blessing and a book in the left. He has a nimbus. Sigla at left and right:[Ἰ(ησοῦ)]ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Border of dots.
There are no close matches between Andronikos’s coins and his seals, but on Andronikos’s copper trachea the figure of the emperor is depicted in a manner that, despite variations, somewhat resembles his appearance on his seals. See, for example, DOC 5.2:586 (pl. 34), a coin on which Andronikos is shown standing, holding a labarum in the right hand and a globus cruciger in the left; also DOC 5.2:583 (pl. 34). Here the emperor is shown standing and holding in the right hand a cross scepter and in the lefthand an akakia. In the upper right field appears the manus Dei.
On another type of Andronikos II (Zacos-Veglery, no. 123 bis) the emperor is represented wearing a loros and holding a cross scepter in the right hand and an akakia in the left.