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John (Doukas), caesar (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God, nimbate, holding before her the medallion of the Christ child. Sigla to both sides: ̄θῡ: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Circular inscription within border of dots.

ΘΚΕΟΗ....ΣΟΥΛ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Bust of the caesar John Doukas, with forked beard, wearing a jeweled crown surmounted by a cross, a divitision, and a chlamys fastened at the right shoulder, and holding a cross in his right hand. Circular inscription within border of dots.

Ι̄Τ..........ΑΤ,ΚΑΙΣΑΡ,

Ἰωάννῃ τῷ εὐτυχεστάτ καίσαρι

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God, nimbate, holding before her the medallion of the Christ child. Sigla to both sides: ̄θῡ: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Circular inscription within border of dots.

ΘΚΕΟΗ....ΣΟΥΛ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Bust of the caesar John Doukas, with forked beard, wearing a jeweled crown surmounted by a cross, a divitision, and a chlamys fastened at the right shoulder, and holding a cross in his right hand. Circular inscription within border of dots.

Ι̄Τ..........ΑΤ,ΚΑΙΣΑΡ,

Ἰωάννῃ τῷ εὐτυχεστάτ καίσαρι

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5635
Diameter 30.0 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos–Veglery, no. 2683b.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ τῷ εὐτυχεστάτῳ καίσαρι.

Theotokos, help your servant John, the most fortunate caesar.

Commentary

John Doukas was made caesar (kaisar) by his brother Constantine X Doukas (1059–1067) and held this title until his death in 1088. See the commentary to the related specimens listed below.