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Romanos I, Christophoros, and Constantine VII (922/24–31)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.569 (formerly DO 58.106.569)
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 21 mm
Condition Half of seal is missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 59.4.


Half-length representation of Christ, bearded, wearing a tunic and himation. He raises his right hand in blessing and holds a book in his left. He has a cross behind his head. Remains of a circular inscription at right. Border of dots.


[Iηsus X]ristus.


Three half-length figures,only the left and center visible: in center, Romanos I, bearded, wearing a jeweled crown surmounted by a cross and a loros; at left, Christophoros, beardless and more diminutive than Romanos, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a chlamys. Constantine VII, at right, is missing. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

ROAˊXRIS. . .

Roman(os), Xrist[of(oros) ce Const(antinos)].


Iηsus Xristus.
Romanos, Xristoforos ce Constantinos.

Jesus Christ.
Romanos, Christophoros, and Constantine


Romanos I’s son, Christophoros, was crowned augustus by Constantine VII on 20 May 921 and died in 931. The dating is based upon a novel promulgated in April of 922 in the names of Romanos, Constantine, and Christophoros. Grierson has assigned to the period ca. 930 gold coins depicting the three emperors together together (DOC 3.2:8.1 [pl. 36]; BNC 2: p. 562).