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John metropolitan of Thessalonica (ca. 1198)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.10
Diameter 43 mm
Field diameter 39 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.85.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 463.
Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 129.


St. Demetrios standing, holding spear, his left hand resting on shield set on the ground. Inscription: |Δ|Η|Μ|ΗΤ|ΡΙ|Ο|Σ: Ὁ ἅγιος Δημήτριος. Circular inscription, beginning at 1 o'clock, between two borders of dots.


γιε Δημήτριε καὶ ἁγία Θεοτόκε


The Virgin seated frontally on a high-backed throne holding Christ on her lap. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Circular inscription, beginning at 12 o'clock, between two borders of dots.


βοηθεῖτε Ἰωάννῃ μητροπολίτῃ Θεσσαλονίκης


Ἅγιε Δημήτριε καὶ ἁγία Θεοτόκε βοηθεῖτε Ἰωάννῃ μητροπολίτῃ Θεσσαλονίκης.

St. Demetrios and Holy Theotokos, help John metropolitan of Thessalonica.


Only one prelate named John is known to have occupied the throne of Thessalonica after the tenth century. He succeeded Eustathios of Thessalonica in 1195/6; his tenure presents problems as it may have been interrupted for some months in 1198. See the discussion by Laurent.