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John hypatos and archon tou blattiou (eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

In the upper field, two emperors wearing crowns and holding the globus in their right hands. The emperor on the left appears to be the senior ruler, given his beard and mustache. In the lower field, an inscription of two lines. Thin wreath border.

ννου
υ̣π̣̣τ̣

[Ἰ]ωάννου ὑπάτ[ου]

Reverse

Inscription of at least four lines. Traces of a wreath border along the circumference.

...
οντο
τουΒ
ττι ..

[(καὶ)] ἄ[ρχ]οντο[ς] τοῦ β[λ]αττί[ου]

Obverse

In the upper field, two emperors wearing crowns and holding the globus in their right hands. The emperor on the left appears to be the senior ruler, given his beard and mustache. In the lower field, an inscription of two lines. Thin wreath border.

ννου
υ̣π̣̣τ̣

[Ἰ]ωάννου ὑπάτ[ου]

Reverse

Inscription of at least four lines. Traces of a wreath border along the circumference.

...
οντο
τουΒ
ττι ..

[(καὶ)] ἄ[ρχ]οντο[ς] τοῦ β[λ]αττί[ου]

Accession number BZS.1958.106.657
Diameter 20.0 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.

Translation

Ἰωάννου ὑπάτου καὶ ἄρχοντος τοῦ βλαττίου.

(Seal of) John hypatos and archon tou blattiou.

Commentary

The two emperors portrayed are most likely to have been Constantine V and his son Leo IV, in which case the seal should be dated to 750-775.