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John II Komnenos (1118–1143)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.485 (formerly DO 58.106.485)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 91.2.

Details

Diameter:
33 mm
Weight:
10.89 g
Condition:
Cracked; corroded.

Obverse

John II Komnenos (1118–1143)

A bearded Christ seated on a high-back throne, holding a book in the left hand. He has a nimbus cruciger. Sigla at left and right: Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)[ς]. Border of dots.

Reverse

John II Komnenos (1118–1143)

John II standing, wearing a crown and a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist. He holds in the right hand (a labarum?) and a globus cruciger in the left. Circular inscription, beginning at 7 o’clock, visible at left. Border of dots.

John II Komnenos (1118–1143)

Ἰω(άννῃ) δ[εσ]πότ(ῃ) τῷ [πορφυρογεννήτῳ]?

Translation

Ἰωάννῃ δεσπότῃ τῷ πορφυρογεννήτῳ

John porphyogennetos, despotes.

Audio

Commentary

The use of the dative case is unusual as there is no invocation accompanying the inscription. For coins of John II with a similar dative inscription see DOC 4.1: no. 12a.

 

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