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Andronikos II Palaiologos (1282-1328)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1703 (formerly Fogg 1703)
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 106.1; Zacos-Veglery, no. 123b.

Obverse

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.

Reverse

The emperor Andronikos standing, wearing a crown and a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist. He holds a labarum in the right hand and an akakia in the left. Manus Dei in the upper right field. Inscription in two columns. Border of dots.

   Α                     
  Δ                    Ο
ΡΟ                     ΠΑ
.ΚΟΣ                    ΛΕ
  ΔΕΣ                  ΟΛΟ
   ΠΟ                    ΓΟ
   ..                     Σ

Ἀνδρόν[ι]κος δεσπό[της] ὁ Παλεολόγος.

Translation

Ἀνδρόνικος δεσπότης ὁ Παλεολόγος.

Andronikos Palaiologos, despotes.

Commentary

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.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1703 (formerly Fogg 1703)
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 106.1; Zacos-Veglery, no. 123b.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1703 (formerly Fogg 1703)
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 106.1; Zacos-Veglery, no. 123b.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1703 (formerly Fogg 1703)
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 106.1; Zacos-Veglery, no. 123b.

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