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Constantine VII and Zoe (914–19)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4297 (formerly DO 55.1.4297)
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Half of seal is missing.
Previous Editions

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

Obverse

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

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.

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).

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4297 (formerly DO 55.1.4297)
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Half of seal is missing.
Previous Editions

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

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4297 (formerly DO 55.1.4297)
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Half of seal is missing.
Previous Editions

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

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4297 (formerly DO 55.1.4297)
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Half of seal is missing.
Previous Editions

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

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