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Constantine VII and Zoe (914–19)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4297 (formerly DO 55.1.4297)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 56.2; a similar specimen is Zacos–Veglery, no. 62c.

Details

Diameter:
28 mm
Weight:
9.53 g
Condition:
Half of seal is missing.

Obverse

Constantine VII and Zoe (914–19)

Half-length representation of Christ, lightly bearded, wearing a tunic and himation. He raises his right hand in blessing and holds a book in his left hand. He has a cross behind his head. No traces of inscription or border.

Reverse

Constantine VII and Zoe (914–19)

Two half-length figures, only the right visible: at left, Constantine VII (missing); and at right, Zoe, wearing a crown with a large jewel in front, long pendilia, and a tripartite decoration on top. She wears a chlamys pinned together with a fibula on her right shoulder. She and Constantine hold a long patriarchal cross in their right hands between them. Remains of an inscription. Border of dots.

. . . ΩΗSILˊRˊ

[Constant(inos) (καὶ) Z]ωη basil(is) R(omeon).

Translation

Constantinos καὶ Zωη basilis Romeon.

Constantine and Zoe, basileis of the Romans.

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Commentary

The design of the seal closely resembles Grierson’s class 1 follis (DOC 3.2:22.2 [pl. 38]), with a difference in the spelling of Zoe’s name (ZOH on the coin).

 

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