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Michael III (856–67)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1713 (formerly Fogg 1713)
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Holed and cut.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 49.2.


Bust of Christ, bearded, wearing a tunic and himation, blessing with his right hand and holding a book in his left. No visible border.


Bust of an emperor, wearing a crown and a loros. No legible epigraphy. No visible border.


After Theodora’s fall from power in 856 Michael appears alone, wearing a loros, on the reverse of his gold coinage (DOC 3.1:3.1 [pl. 28]).

The specimen has been assigned to the reign of Michael III because the imperial figure represented is wearing a loros.