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Andronikos II Palaiologos (1282-1328)

Accession Number:
BZS.1951.31.5.1703 (formerly Fogg 1703)

Previous Editions

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

Details

Diameter:
31 mm
Field:
27 mm
Weight:
37.24 g

Obverse

Andronikos II Palaiologos (1282-1328)

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

Andronikos II Palaiologos (1282-1328)

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.

Andronikos II Palaiologos (1282-1328)

Ἀνδρόν[ι]κος δεσπό[της] ὁ Παλεολόγος.

Translation

Ἀνδρόνικος δεσπότης ὁ Παλεολόγος.

Andronikos Palaiologos, despotes.

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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.

 

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