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Nikephoros III Botaneiates (1078–1081)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of Christ with a large face and lightly bearded. He wears a tunic and himation, raising his right hand in blessing and holding a book in his left. The book cover is decorated with three rows of pellets; each row consists of three pellets. He has a nimbus cruciger, each arm of which contains a decoration consisting of five pellets. Sigla at left and right: ΙΣ̅ΧΣ̅ : Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Border of dots.

Reverse

The emperor Nikephoros III standing on a rectangular dais, wearing a crown and a loros, an end of which is draped over his left wrist. He holds in his right hand a labarum with an X along the upright shaft and in his left a globus cruciger. The cross surmounting the globus is composed of four pellets. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

νικηοροσασιλευσ.οταν

Νικηφόρος βασιλεὺς [ὁ] Βοταν(ιάτης)

Obverse

Bust of Christ with a large face and lightly bearded. He wears a tunic and himation, raising his right hand in blessing and holding a book in his left. The book cover is decorated with three rows of pellets; each row consists of three pellets. He has a nimbus cruciger, each arm of which contains a decoration consisting of five pellets. Sigla at left and right: ΙΣ̅ΧΣ̅ : Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Border of dots.

Reverse

The emperor Nikephoros III standing on a rectangular dais, wearing a crown and a loros, an end of which is draped over his left wrist. He holds in his right hand a labarum with an X along the upright shaft and in his left a globus cruciger. The cross surmounting the globus is composed of four pellets. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

νικηοροσασιλευσ.οταν

Νικηφόρος βασιλεὺς [ὁ] Βοταν(ιάτης)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.648
Diameter 31.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 85.12. For a parallel specimen, with bibliography, Speck–Sode, Berlin II, no. 183.

Translation

Νικηφόρος βασιλεὺς ὁ Βοτανιάτης.

Nikephoros Botaneiates, basileus.

Commentary

The emperor's name can be easily read on the Berlin specimen.