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N. metropolitan of Ankyra (seventh/eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4814
Diameter 33 mm
Condition Broken at the top. One-quarter missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 2.4.

Zacos-Veglery, no. 1271.


Cross in the center flanked by two profile busts, St. Peter on the left and St. Paul on the right; above each head is a cross. No inscriptions. Wreath border.


Inscription of at least five lines. Wreath border.


...ω Θ[εο]ῦ προνοίᾳ [μ]ητροπολ[ί]τῃ Ἀγκύρων


...ω Θεοῦ προνοίᾳ μητροπολίτῃ Ἀγκύρων.

...o by the providence of God metropolitan of Ankyra.


The finely detailed busts of the obverse suggest that this specimen was struck in the wake of the revival of quality representations on coins, initiated during the first reign of Justinian II (685-695).