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Michael IV the Paphlagonian (1034-41)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.525 (formerly DO 58.106.525)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 72.1; Zacos-Veglery no. 78

Details

Diameter:
34 mm
Weight:
25.55 g
Condition:
Corroded.

Obverse

Michael IV the Paphlagonian (1034-41)

Half-length representation of Christ wearing a tunic and himation and holding a book. He has a nimbus cruciger; each arm contains a decoration consisting of five pellets. Sigla visible at left and right: (ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

Michael IV the Paphlagonian (1034-41)

Ἐμμανουήλ.

Reverse

Michael IV the Paphlagonian (1034-41)

Half-length representation of Michael IV wearing a crown with a cross and pendilia and a loros. He is shown holding a globus cruciger in the right hand and an akakia in the left. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

Michael IV the Paphlagonian (1034-41)

[Μ]iχαηl basil[e]us R(o)m(aion).

Translation

Μiχαηl basileus Romaion.

Michael, basileus of the Romans.

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Commentary

Michael’s visage is very similar to its depiction on coins.

 

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