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Alexios III Angelos (1195-1203)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.608 (formerly DO 58.106.608)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 96.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 110b.

Details

Diameter:
43 mm
Field:
37 mm
Weight:
35.00 g

Obverse

Alexios III Angelos (1195-1203)

St. Constantine standing on a dais, wearing a crown with a cross and a loros. He holds a long cross scepter in the right hand. Visible at right: [ ἅγιος] Κων[στ]αν[τ]ῖνος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Alexios III Angelos (1195-1203)

Emperor Alexios III standing, wearing a crown with a cross and a chlamys. He holds a labarum in the right hand. Traces of a circular inscription at left. Linear border.

Alexios III Angelos (1195-1203)

[Ἀλέξι]ος δ[ε]σπ(ό)τ(ης) [ Κομνηνός].

Translation

Ἀλέξιος δεσπότης Κομνηνός.

Alexios Komnenos, despotes.

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Commentary

Unlike prior emperors, who are depicted wearing the traditional loros, Alexios III Komnenos is here shown wearing a chlamys, a garment denoting inferior rank. The loros is reserved to the sainted emperor, who appears on the obverse. The same garments are worn by the two figures on some classes of Alexios III's coins, but one (DOC 4.1:2a3) depicts both Constantine and Alexios wearing a loros.

 

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