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N. metropolitan of Ankyra (seventh/eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cross in the center flanked by two profile busts, St. Peter on the left and St. Paul on the right; above each head is a cross. No inscriptions. Wreath border.

Reverse

Inscription of at least five lines. Wreath border.

...θ.
.υπρονοια
.ητροπολ
.τηαγκυρ
ν

...ω Θ[εο]ῦ προνοίᾳ [μ]ητροπολ[ί]τῃ Ἀγκύρων

Obverse

Cross in the center flanked by two profile busts, St. Peter on the left and St. Paul on the right; above each head is a cross. No inscriptions. Wreath border.

Reverse

Inscription of at least five lines. Wreath border.

...θ.
.υπρονοια
.ητροπολ
.τηαγκυρ
ν

...ω Θ[εο]ῦ προνοίᾳ [μ]ητροπολ[ί]τῃ Ἀγκύρων

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4814
Diameter 33.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 2.4.

Zacos-Veglery, no. 1271.

Translation

...ω Θεοῦ προνοίᾳ μητροπολίτῃ Ἀγκύρων.

...o by the providence of God metropolitan of Ankyra.

Commentary

The finely detailed busts of the obverse suggest that this specimen was struck in the wake of the revival of quality representations on coins, initiated during the first reign of Justinian II (685-695).