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Constantine VII and Zoe (918/19)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.573 (formerly DO 58.106.573)
Diameter 26 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Double struck.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 57.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 63; Oikonomides, Dated Lead Seals,no. 58.

Obverse

Half-length representation of Constantine VII, beardless, wearing a crown surmounted by a trefoil ornament and a loros. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

ΚΩSATINOCAVΓˊ

Κωνstanτῖνος αὔγ(ουστος).

Reverse

Half-length representation of Zoe, wearing a crown with pendilia surmounted by three triangular projections and a loros. Circular inscription. At left and right, an indictional date. Border of dots.

ΖΩΗΔ.ΣΠΥΝΗ
Δ
ΙΝ̄

Ζωῇ δ[ε]σπύνῃ.
Ἰνδ(ικτιὼν) ϛ´.

Translation

Κωνstanτῖνος αὔγ(ουστος).
Ζωῇ δ[ε]σπύνῃ.
Ἰνδ(ικτιὼν) ϛ´.

Constantine, augustus.
Zoe, despoina.
Indiction 6

Commentary

As Oikonomides observes, the purpose of this specimen is unclear. It is not a tessera; the specimen has a channel. Zacos and Veglery read the inscription on the reverse as Ζωὴ δέσπ(οι)να. This correction is reasonable, but, seeing that (as Oikonomides notes) the specimen is not of a standard type, an emendation is not required. Still the dative is probably a mistake. It is possible that the die carver had no idea of the correct spelling of the nominative feminine form of δέσποινα; the transcription here follows and retains the dative case.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.573 (formerly DO 58.106.573)
Diameter 26 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Double struck.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 57.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 63; Oikonomides, Dated Lead Seals,no. 58.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.573 (formerly DO 58.106.573)
Diameter 26 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Double struck.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 57.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 63; Oikonomides, Dated Lead Seals,no. 58.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.573 (formerly DO 58.106.573)
Diameter 26 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Double struck.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 57.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 63; Oikonomides, Dated Lead Seals,no. 58.

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