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Philippikos (711–13)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4268 (formerly DO 55.1.4268)
Diameter 35 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 27.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 30b.

Obverse

The Mother of God standing,, wearing a chiton and maphorion, and holding Christ on her left arm. A cross potent at left and right. Wreath border.

Reverse

Half-length representation of Philippikos, with short beard and mustache, wearing a crown with a cross and loros, and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand and in his left a staff topped by an eagle. His hair is worn long at the sides, and his sidelocks are combed downward and curled at bottom. Circular inscription beginning at left. Wreath border.

...ILEPICSLTSAN

[D(ominus) n(oster) F]ilepicus multus an(nus?).

Translation

Dominus noster Filepicus multus annus.

Our lord Philippikos, [reign] many years.

Commentary

The inclusion of an identifying inscription on imperial seals was revived during Justinian II’s second reign, a practice that was continued in Philippikos’s chancery. There is a striking similarity between gold coins and seals in both the quality of craftsmanship and figure modeling (for example, DOC 2.2:1h; MIB 3, Prägetabelle 15, nos. 1–4). The Mother of God continues to be depicted on the seals, but on the emperor’s solidi Christ’s bust is replaced with a cross-on-steps.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4268 (formerly DO 55.1.4268)
Diameter 35 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 27.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 30b.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4268 (formerly DO 55.1.4268)
Diameter 35 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 27.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 30b.

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