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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.


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.


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.


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


Dominus noster Filepicus multus annus.

Our lord Philippikos, [reign] many years.


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.