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Nikephoros III Botaneiates (1078–1081)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.648
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Cracked
Previous Editions

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

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)

Translation

Νικηφόρος βασιλεὺς ὁ Βοτανιάτης.

Nikephoros Botaneiates, basileus.

Commentary

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

Accession number BZS.1958.106.648
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Cracked
Previous Editions

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

Accession number BZS.1958.106.648
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Cracked
Previous Editions

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

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.648
Diameter 31 mm
Condition Cracked
Previous Editions

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

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