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The imperial kommerkia of Mesembria (731/2)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1740
Diameter 34 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 77.5.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 244.

Obverse

Half-length images of Leo III (left), bearded, and Constantine V, beardless, holding between them a cross on globus; both wear chlamys and crown with a cross. The figure of Constantine is slightly smaller. No visible border.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. No visible border.

ΤΩΝΒ
ΣΙΛΙΚΩ
ΝΚΟΜΜΕΡ
ΚΙΩΝΜΕΣ
ΗΜΒΡΙΣ
ΙΕ

Τῶν βασιλικῶν κομμερκίων Μεσημβρίας.  Ἰνδικτιὼν ιεˊ

Translation

Τῶν βασιλικῶν κομμερκίων Μεσημβρίας.  Ἰνδικτιὼν ιεˊ.

(Seal of) the imperial kommerkia of Mesembria.  Indiction 15.

Commentary

For this seal, we follow the classification of Zacos-Veglery, the principles of which are explained ibid., I, 301-3. The two emperors of the obverse are identified as Leo III and Constantine V. In the period of their join reign, after the declaration of Iconoclasm, that is, in 730-741, Constantine V is represented beardless and smaller than his father; during his sole reign (between 741 and the coronation of his son Leo IV in 751), Constantine is still represented together with his father in the same posture but is now bearded and of equal height.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1740
Diameter 34 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 77.5.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 244.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1740
Diameter 34 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 77.5.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 244.

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