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Leo V and Constantine (813–20)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.593 (formerly DO 58.106.593)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 42.4.


35 mm
Holed and chipped.


Leo V and Constantine (813–20)

Cross potent on four steps. Remains of a circular inscription. Border of dots.


[En onoma(ti)] tu patr[os (καὶ)] tu y(io)u (καὶ)] tu ag(iu) pn(e)um(atos).


Leo V and Constantine (813–20)

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.



Leo[n] (καὶ) Cons[ta]ntin[os pi]sty basilis R[o]maion.


En onomati tu patros καὶ tu yiou καὶ tu agiu pneumatos Leon καὶ Constantinos pisty basilis Romaion.

Leo and Constantine, in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, faithful basileis of the Romans.



We know of two types of seals from the reign of Leo V and Constantine. The first features the Mother of God holding Christ on her left arm on the obverse. A cross potent on steps appears on the reverse (Zacos–Veglery, no. 48). A second type, the present entry, retains the cross potent on steps, but replaces the Mother of God with an inscription of five lines. This type dates from December of 813, Leo took as his co-emperor his son Smbat, who adopted the name Constantine upon his coronation.

Pistoi is regularly spelled pisty on the seals of Leo V and Constantine.

Judging from the spacing, the reading on the reverse is either a cross after PATR, or PATROS spelled out in its entirety. The latter is considered more likely.


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