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Constantine VII and Zoe (914–19)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1652 (formerly Fogg 1652)
Diameter 32 mm
Condition Chipped and corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 56.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 62b.

Obverse

Half-length representation of Christ, lightly bearded, wearing a tunic and himation. He raises his right hand in blessing and holds a book in his left hand. He has a cross behind his head. Circular inscription. No visible border.

SSX...OS

[I]ηsus X[ris]tos.

Reverse

Two half-length figures: at left, Constantine VII, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a loros; at right, Zoe, wearing a crown with a large jewel in front, long pendilia, and a tripartite decoration on top. She wears a chlamys pinned together with a fibula on her right shoulder. They hold between them a patriarchal cross. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

.CO..ASZVHASILˊ.

Con[st]ant(inos) (καὶ) Zωη basil(is) [R(omeon)].

Translation

Iηsus Xristos.
Constantinos καὶ Zωη basilis Romeon.

Jesus Christ.
Constantine and Zoe, basileis of the Romans.

Commentary

The design of the seal closely resembles Grierson’s class 1 follis (DOC 3.2:22.2 [pl. 38]), with a difference in the spelling of Zoe’s name (ZOH on the coin).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1652 (formerly Fogg 1652)
Diameter 32 mm
Condition Chipped and corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 56.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 62b.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1652 (formerly Fogg 1652)
Diameter 32 mm
Condition Chipped and corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 56.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 62b.

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