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John II Komnenos (1118–1143)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1694 (formerly Fogg 1694)
Diameter 32 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 91.4.


A bearded Christ seated on a high-back throne, wearing a tunic and himation. He holds the right hand in blessing and a book in the left. His feet rest on a dais. He has a nimbus cruciger; each arm contains a decoration consisting of one pellet. Border of dots.


John II standing, wearing a crown and a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist. He holds in the right hand a labarum (only partially imprinted) and a globus cruciger in the left. Circular inscription, beginning at 7 o’clock. Border of dots.


Ἰω(άννῃ) δεσπότ(ῃ) τῷ πορφυρογε[ννήτῳ].


Ἰωάννῃ δεσπότῃ τῷ πορφυρογεννήτῳ.

John porphyrogennetos, despotes.


The use of the dative case is unusual as there is no invocation accompanying the inscription. For coins of John II with a similar dative inscription see DOC 4.1: no. 12a.