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Nikephoros I and Staurakios (803–11)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of Nikephoros, bearded, wearing  and a crown with a cross and a chlamys pinned on his right shoulder, and holding a cross potent in his right hand and in his left an akakia. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

ICIFOROSASILE

Niciforos basile(us).

Reverse

Bust of Staurakios, wearing a crown with by a cross and a chlamysm, and seemingly holding a globus cruciger in his right hand and in his left an akakia. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

SAVRACISESPOΘ

Stauracis despo(tes) Θ.

Obverse

Bust of Nikephoros, bearded, wearing  and a crown with a cross and a chlamys pinned on his right shoulder, and holding a cross potent in his right hand and in his left an akakia. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

ICIFOROSASILE

Niciforos basile(us).

Reverse

Bust of Staurakios, wearing a crown with by a cross and a chlamysm, and seemingly holding a globus cruciger in his right hand and in his left an akakia. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

SAVRACISESPOΘ

Stauracis despo(tes) Θ.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1642 (formerly Fogg 1642)
Diameter 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 39.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 45 (slightly different reading).

Translation

Niciforos basileus.
Stauracis despotes.

Nikephoros, basileus.
Staurakios, despotes
.

Commentary

Nikephoros promoted his son to the rank of co-emperor in December of 803, who succeeded him in 811 before being deposed by his brother-in-law Michael, reigning only two months (26 July to 2 October 811).

Zacos and Veglery have incorrectly read the opening portion of the emperor’s name on the obverse as ICH. There is no channel, so this specimen might be a lead coin of necessity (see similarly a specimen of Eirene, BZS.1958.106.504). The letter Θ is found as a control mark on gold coins issued in the names of Nikephoros and Staurakios (for example, DOC 3.1:2b.1 [pl. 16]).