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Robert of Courtenay (1221-1228)

 
 

Obverse

The emperor seated on a sellion. He wears a crown and imperial garments and holds a cross-topped scepter in the right hand and a globus cruciger in the left. Circular inscription, between a double border of dots.

ΡΟΒΕΡΤΟΣ D ΕΣΠΟΤΗϚ

Ῥοβέρτος dεσπότης

Reverse

The emperor on horseback, wearing armor and holding a sword in the right hand and a shield in the left. Circular inscription, between a double border of dots.

ROB,TDGRAIMATOR...ANI

Rob(er)t(us) D(e)i gra(tia) imp(er)ator [Rom]ani(ae)

Obverse

The emperor seated on a sellion. He wears a crown and imperial garments and holds a cross-topped scepter in the right hand and a globus cruciger in the left. Circular inscription, between a double border of dots.

ΡΟΒΕΡΤΟΣ D ΕΣΠΟΤΗϚ

Ῥοβέρτος dεσπότης

Reverse

The emperor on horseback, wearing armor and holding a sword in the right hand and a shield in the left. Circular inscription, between a double border of dots.

ROB,TDGRAIMATOR...ANI

Rob(er)t(us) D(e)i gra(tia) imp(er)ator [Rom]ani(ae)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2938
Diameter 45.0 mm; field: 39.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 98.1.

Translation

Ῥοβέρτος δεσπότης. Robertus Dei gratia imperator Romaniae.

Robert, despotes. Robert, by the Grace of God, emperor of Romania.

Commentary

For a similar seal see now the specimen published by Gjuzelev, “Drei Bleisiegel,” 40–41. The seal was found in 1978 during excavations at Trnovo. It is part of the collection of the Historical Museum, Veliko Trnovo.