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Leo III and Constantine V (720–41)

 
 

Obverse

Leo III standing, with a long head and bearded, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a chlamys. He holds a globus cruciger in his right hand and in his left seemingly an akakia. A group of three small figures bowing to the imperial figure on either side. A small cross potent above the group at right. Wreath border.

Reverse

Constantine V standing, with a round head and beardless, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a chlamys. He holds a globus cruciger in his right hand and in his left an akakia. A group of three small figures bowing to the imperial figure on either side. A small cross potent above the group at right. Wreath border.

Obverse

Leo III standing, with a long head and bearded, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a chlamys. He holds a globus cruciger in his right hand and in his left seemingly an akakia. A group of three small figures bowing to the imperial figure on either side. A small cross potent above the group at right. Wreath border.

Reverse

Constantine V standing, with a round head and beardless, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a chlamys. He holds a globus cruciger in his right hand and in his left an akakia. A group of three small figures bowing to the imperial figure on either side. A small cross potent above the group at right. Wreath border.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1628 (formerly Fogg 1628)
Diameter 31.0 mm; field: 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 30.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 34.

Commentary

It is important to note that on iconic seals issued during Leo’s joint reign with Constantine the Mother of God disappears (see also BZS.1951.31.5.1643).  One assumes that in limiting iconography to family members Leo wished to emphasize Constantine’s rights to succession, while at the same time promoting a program of iconoclastic decoration.

In illustrating their entry, Zacos and Veglery misunderstood which figure is Constantine V.

This specimen is a token, as there is no channel for suspension.