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John II Komnenos (1118–1143)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.606 (formerly DO 58.106.606)
Diameter 35 mm
Condition Two halves.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 91.3.


A bearded Christ seated on a high-back throne, wearing a tunic and himation. Details indistinct. His feet rest on a dais. He has a nimbus cruciger. Border of dots.


John II standing, wearing a crown and a loros, an end of which is draped over his left wrist. He holds a globus cruciger in his left hand. Remains of a circular inscription at right. Border of dots.


[Ἰω(άννῃ) δεσπότῃ] τῷ πορφυ[ρογενν]ήτῳ.


Ἰωάννῃ δεσπότῃ τῷ πορφυρογεννήτῳ.

John porphyrogennetos, despotes.


The use of the dative case is unusual as there is no invocation accompanying the inscription. For coins of John II with a similar dative inscription see DOC 4.1: no. 12a.