Leo III (717–20)
DO Seals 6 no. 28.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 33a. For a similar specimen see Shandrovskaja, Sfragistika, no. 216.
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.
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])
- Catalogue of the Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, vol. 3, Leo III to Nicephorus III (717–1081)
- Catalogue of Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and in the Fogg Museum of Art, Volume 6: Emperors, Patriarchs of Constantinople, Addenda
- Byzantine Lead Seals, vol. 1