Constantine VII (945–59)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.533 (formerly DO 58.106.533)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 64.1.

Details

Diameter:
33 mm
Weight:
9.27 g
Condition:
Half of seal is missing.

Obverse

Constantine VII (945–59)

Half-length representation of Christ, bearded, wearing a tunic and himation, and holding a book in his left hand. He has a nimbus cruciger, each limb of which is decorated with a row of three dots above and below a solid line. Remains of a circular inscription at right. Border of dots.

Constantine VII (945–59)

[Iηsus Xri]stus.

Reverse

Constantine VII (945–59)

Half-length representation of Constantine VII, wearing a crown with a jeweled band and cross and a loros, and holding in his right hand a globus cruciger surmounted by a possibly patriarchal cross. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

Constantine VII (945–59)

Constanti[n(os) autocrat(or) basil(eus) R(o)m(aion)].

Translation

Iηsus Xristus
Constantinos autocrator basileus Romaion.

Jesus Christ.
Constantine, autokrator and basileus of the Romans.

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Commentary

The emperor’s face seems to be much rounder than on the seals dating to early 945 (BZS.1958.106.574, BZS.1958.106.575, and BZS.1955.1.4300), and one does not see a long beard. Accordingly, this seal is assigned a general date.

Reading of the reverse inscription is based upon a close parallel of the the seal, a gold coin in BNC 2 (pl. 77/11). Morrisson dated it to 27 January–6 April 945, although the present specimen is given a date corresponding to Constantine's reign.

 

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