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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.


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.


Eirinῃ basil[issῃ].


Identical with the obverse.


Ei[rinῃ basiliss]ῃ.


Eirinῃ basilissῃ.

Eirene, basilissa.


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.