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Philippikos (711–13)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.597 (formerly DO 58.106.597)
Diameter 37 mm
Condition Chipped.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 27.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 30a.


The Mother of God standing, wearing a chiton and maphorion, and holding Christ on her left arm. A cross potent at left and right. Wreath border.


Half-length representation of Philippikos, with a short beard and mustache, wearing a crown with a cross and a loros, and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand and in his left a staff topped by an eagle. His hair is worn long at the sides, and his sidelocks are combed downward and curled at bottom. Circular inscription beginning at left. Wreath border.


D(ominus) n(oster) Filepicus [mul]tus an(nus?).


Dominus noster Filepicus multus annus.

Our lord Philippikos, [reign] many years.


The inclusion of an identifying inscription on imperial seals was revived during Justinian II’s second reign, a practice that was continued in Philippikos’s chancery. There is a striking similarity between gold coins and seals in both the quality of craftsmanship and figure modeling (for example, DOC 2.2:1h; MIB 3, Prägetabelle 15, nos. 1–4). The Mother of God continues to be depicted on the seals, but on the emperor’s solidi Christ’s bust is replaced with a cross-on-steps.