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The imperial kommerkia of the strategia of the Thrakesioi (741/742)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1737
Diameter 40 mm
Field diameter 34 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.31.
Ed. Zacos-Veglery, no. 261.

Obverse

Busts of two bearded emperors, holding a staff cross with rectangular basis between them. Wreath border.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Wreath border.

τν
βασιλικ
νκομμερκ
ιντησστ
ρατιγιαστ
νθρακισ
ινι

Τῶν βασιλικῶν κομμερκίων τῆς στρατιγίας τῶν Θρακισίων. Ἰνδικτιὼν ι´.

Translation

Τῶν βασιλικῶν κομμερκίων τῆς στρατιγίας τῶν Θρακισίων. Ἰνδικτιὼν ι´.

(Seal of) the imperial kommerkia of the strategia of the Thrakesioi. Indiction 10.

Commentary

Zacos-Veglery rightly identified the emperors as Leo III and Constantine V and dated the seal to the indictional year 741/742, at the time of the revolt of Artabasdos when the theme of Thrakesion sided with Constantine V. We consider this date secure because: (a) The present seal must be dated after 730/731, when the seals of "imperial kommerkia" replace those of kommerkiarioi; (b) Constantine V is known to represent himself with his deceased father on coins and seals and to have added the portrait of his son Leo IV as soon as he made him co-emperor in 751; as Leo IV is not represented on this specimen, it will have been struck between 741 and 751, more precisely, in 741/742, the year coinciding with the tenth indiction.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1737
Diameter 40 mm
Field diameter 34 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.31.
Ed. Zacos-Veglery, no. 261.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1737
Diameter 40 mm
Field diameter 34 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 2.31.
Ed. Zacos-Veglery, no. 261.

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