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John II Komnenos (1118–1143)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2782 (formerly Fogg 2782)
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Blank too small for dies.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 91.5.


Christ seated on a high-back throne (details indistinct). No visible border.


John II standing, wearing a loros, an end of which is draped over his left wrist. He holds in the right hand a labarum and a globus cruciger (weakly imprinted) in the left. Traces of a circular inscription at left. No visible border.

. . .σπο . . .

[Ἰω(άννῃ) δε]σπό[τ(ῃ) τῷ πορφυρογεννήτῳ]?


[Ἰωάννῃ δεσπότῃ τῷ πορφυρογεννήτῳ

John porphyrogennetos, despotes.


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.