Leo III (717–20)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4269 (formerly DO 55.1.4269)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 28.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 33a. For a similar specimen see Shandrovskaja, Sfragistika, no. 216.


36 mm
42.13 g


Leo III (717–20)

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


Leo III (717–20)

Half-length representation of Leo III, with short beard and mustache, wearing a crown with a cross and a chlamys pinned with a fibula on his right shoulder. He wears his hair long at the sides and curled. He holds a globus cruciger in his right hand and in his left an akakia. Circular inscription. Wreath border.


D(omino) n(ostr)o Leon(i) p(erpetuo) a(ugusto) m[u]l(tos) a(nnos).


Domino nostro Leoni perpetuo augusto multos annos.

Our lord Leo, eternal augustus, [reign] many years.



Before 25 March 720, when Leo took as colleague his two-year-old son Constantine V, Leo appears alone on his coins (for example, DOC 3.1.1:1c3 [pl. 1])


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