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Eirene (797–802)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.504 (formerly DO 58.106.504)
Diameter 22 mm
Condition No channel for suspension.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 36.5; Zacos–Veglery, no. 41.

Obverse

Half-length representation of Eirene, wearing a crown with double pendilia surmounted by a cross and triangular projections, and a loros. She holds a globus cruciger in her right hand and in her left a cross scepter. Circular inscription beginning at top left. Border of dots.

EIRIHASIL....

Eirinῃ basil[issῃ].

Reverse

Identical with the obverse.

EI............H

Ei[rinῃ basiliss]ῃ.

Translation

Eirinῃ basilissῃ.

Eirene, basilissa.

Commentary

On her gold coins, the empress Eirene is represented wearing a loros and a crown surmounted by a cross, which is framed by two triangular projections (for example, DOC 3.1:1a.1 [pl. 15]). The crown type depicted here is L (on the types, see DOC 3.1: pp. 128 and 130).

This specimen, lacking a channel for suspension, might have been a lead coin or a pattern coin for Eirene's follis (for example, DOC 3.1:2.1 [pl. 15]). It should be noted, however, that the inscription is fuller on the seal (as on her solidi) than on her folles.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.504 (formerly DO 58.106.504)
Diameter 22 mm
Condition No channel for suspension.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 36.5; Zacos–Veglery, no. 41.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.504 (formerly DO 58.106.504)
Diameter 22 mm
Condition No channel for suspension.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 36.5; Zacos–Veglery, no. 41.

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