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Leo VI and Alexander (post-886)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1655 (formerly Fogg 1655)
Diameter 23 mm
Condition No channel.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 54.1.


Half-length representation of Archangel Michael holding a sword in his right hand and in his left a globus cruciger. Circular inscription. No visible border.


Ἀρχ(άγγελος) Μιχα[ήλ]


Two half-length figures: at left, Leo VI, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a chlamys; at right, Alexander, more diminutive, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a chlamys. They hold between them a labarum ornamented with streamers. Circular inscription. No visible border.


Leon ce A[lexan(dros) aug(usti)].


Ἀρχάγγελος Μιχαήλ.
Leon ce Alexandros augusti.

Archangel Michael.
Leo and Alexander, augusti.


Leo VI reigned from 29 August 886 until 11 May 912. Coins (for example, Grierson class 2 follis: DOC 3.2:6.2) depict the emperor and his brother seated on a double throne, with Alexander as the smaller figure. They hold a labarum between them, decorated with an X, and Alexander holds an akakia in his left hand.

After the letters ARX, the inscription on the obverse is uncertain. In his unpublished catalogue of the Fogg Collection, Laurent suggested ΑΡΧΙΓΕΤΑ. The second alpha is fairly clear; the preceeding letter is more likely a X than a T.