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John II Komnenos (1118–1143)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1801 (formerly Fogg 1801)
Diameter 34 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 91.6.


Christ seated on a high-back throne. Details unclear. Linear border.


John II standing, wearing a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist and decorated with four pellets. He holds in the left hand a globus cruciger. Remains of a circular inscription at right. Border of dots.

. . .ρφυρογενιτ

[Ἰω(άννῃ) δεσπότ(ῃ) τῷ πορ]φυρογενίτῳ.


[Ἰωάννῃ δεσπότῃ τῷ πορφυρογενίτῳ.

John porphyrogennetos, despotes.


The reverse seems to be double struck, possibly because one handle of the boulloterion was somewhat loose.

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.