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Theophilos (ca. 838–40)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4282 (formerly DO 55.1.4282)
Diameter 32 mm
Condition Chipped and corroded (obv.)
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 46.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 53.


Largely destroyed, but one may reasonably assert that the center was decorated with a cross potent on steps, since one can still discern at the termination of the central crossbar at right. Traces of a circular inscription at right. No visible border.

. . . VVSA. . .

[En onom(ati) tu patr(os) (καὶ)] tu y(io)u (καὶ) tu a[g(iu) pne(umatos)]?


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Θ[eofi]los e[c] Θe(o)u pistos basileus R[o]maion.


En onomati tu patros καὶ tu yiou καὶ tu agiu pneumatos Θeofilos ec Θeou pistos basileus Romaion.

Theophilos, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, by grace of God, faithful basileus of the Romans.


Theophilos issued aniconic miliaresia (class 4), dated by Grierson to ca. 838–40, that bear on the obverse the same wording and spacing as the legend that appears on the reverse of this seal (DOC 3.1:11.1 [pl. 23]).