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Nikephoros III Botaneiates (1078–1081)

Accession Number:
BZS.1951.31.5.9 (formerly Fogg 9)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 85.6; Zacos–Veglery, no. 98a.

Details

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

Obverse

Nikephoros III Botaneiates (1078–1081)

Bust of Christ lightly bearded, wearing a chiton and himation and holding the right hand in blessing and a book in the left. He has a nimbus cruciger; each arm contains a decoration consisting of five pellets. Sigla at left and right: (ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Border of dots.

Reverse

Nikephoros III Botaneiates (1078–1081)

The emperor Nikephoros III standing on a round dais and wearing a crown and a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist and decorated with four dots. He holds a labarum in the right hand and a globus cruciger in the left. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

Nikephoros III Botaneiates (1078–1081)

Νικηφόρ() δεσπότ() τῷ Βοτανιάτ[].

Translation

Νικηφόρ δεσπότ τῷ Βοτανιάτ.

Nikephoros Botaneiates, despotes.

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Commentary

The emperor’s labarum seems to be decorated with a large pellet at left and at right a column of two dots.

 

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