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Anastasios hypatos, imperial balnitor, and general kommerkiarios of the apotheke of Constantinople (720/21)

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.1764
Diameter 33 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 23.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 224b. Zacos and Veglery have mistakenly published this specimen as a metallic copy in the collection at the ANS (no. 2698). It is in fact a Fogg specimen and is genuine. Same die: Laurent, Vatican, no. 116 (metallic copy); Zacos–Veglery, no. 224a; and Likhachev, "Nekotorye," 515. Cf. Likhachev, Molivdovuly, LXXIII.4 (p. 215).

Obverse

Two imperial busts: the bearded emperor at left (Leo III) wears a crown topped with a cross and holds a globus cruciger in his right hand. The beardless figure at right (his son and successor Constantine V) wears a crown and holds a globus cruciger in his right hand. Visible at left:  : Ἰ(νδικτιών). Inscription of three lines below. No visible border.

ΝΣΤΣΙ..
Π̅ΒΣΙΛΙΚ.
ΒΛΝ.

Ἀναστασί[ου ὑ]π(άτου), βασιλικ[οῦ] βαλν[(ίτορος)

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. No visible border.

ΓΝΙ
ΟΥΚΟΜ
ΡΚΙΡΙ
..ΠΟΘΗΚ
ΣΚΝΣΤ
..ΤΙΝΟΥ
ΟΛ..

(καὶ)] γενι[κ]οῦ κομ[μ]ερκιαρί[ου ἀ]ποθήκ[η]ς Κωνστ[αν]τινου[π]όλε[ως].

Translation

Ἀναστασίου ὑπάτου, βασιλικοῦ βαλνίτορος καὶ γενικοῦ κομμερκιαρίου ἀποθήκης Κωνσταντινουπόλεως.

(Seal of) the hypatos Anastasios, imperial balnitor, and general kommerkiarios of the apotheke of Constantinople.

Commentary

Likhachev believed that he could see a gamma to the right of the imperial portraits, but on Zacos–Veglery, no. 224a one can clearly discern a delta. It would seem that Anastasios received the title of hypatos during the indiction year 720/21. Cf. W. Seibt's review in BSl 36 (1975): 209–10.

Anastasios's career links the sole reign of Leo III, from 717 to the end of March 720, with that in which he is associated with his son, Constantine V, from 720 to 741.

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.1764
Diameter 33 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 23.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 224b. Zacos and Veglery have mistakenly published this specimen as a metallic copy in the collection at the ANS (no. 2698). It is in fact a Fogg specimen and is genuine. Same die: Laurent, Vatican, no. 116 (metallic copy); Zacos–Veglery, no. 224a; and Likhachev, "Nekotorye," 515. Cf. Likhachev, Molivdovuly, LXXIII.4 (p. 215).

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.1764
Diameter 33 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 23.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 224b. Zacos and Veglery have mistakenly published this specimen as a metallic copy in the collection at the ANS (no. 2698). It is in fact a Fogg specimen and is genuine. Same die: Laurent, Vatican, no. 116 (metallic copy); Zacos–Veglery, no. 224a; and Likhachev, "Nekotorye," 515. Cf. Likhachev, Molivdovuly, LXXIII.4 (p. 215).

Notes

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.1764
Diameter 33 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 23.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 224b. Zacos and Veglery have mistakenly published this specimen as a metallic copy in the collection at the ANS (no. 2698). It is in fact a Fogg specimen and is genuine. Same die: Laurent, Vatican, no. 116 (metallic copy); Zacos–Veglery, no. 224a; and Likhachev, "Nekotorye," 515. Cf. Likhachev, Molivdovuly, LXXIII.4 (p. 215).