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Leo VI and Alexander (886–912)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4298 (formerly DO 55.1.4298)
Diameter 26 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 53.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 60b. For a similar seal, but from a different boulloterion, see Speck, Bleisiegel, no. 3.


Half-length representation of Christ, lightly bearded, wearing a tunic and himation. He raises his right hand in blessing and holds in his left a book with a cover decorated with pellets. He has a cross behind his head. Circular inscription. No visible border.


Iηsus Xristos.


Two half-length figures: at left, Leo VI, bearded, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a loros; at right, Alexander, more diminutive than Leo, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a chlamys pinned with a fibula almost at front. They hold between them a labarum. Circular inscription. No visible border.


[L]eon (καὶ) Al[exa]n(dros) aug(usti).


Iηsus Xristos.
Leon καὶ Alexandros augusti.

Jesus Christ.
Leo and Alexander, augusti.


Leo VI reigned from 29 August 886 until 11 May 912. Coins (for example, Grierson class 2 follis: DOC 3.2:6.2) depict emperor and his brother seated on a double throne, with Alexander as the smaller figure. They hold a labarum between them, decorated with an X, and Alexander holds an akakia in his left hand.

In Athens (Konstantopoulos, no. 278β), see also a specimen bearing a bust of Christ with an inscription reading IhSUSX-RISTUS, with NICA absent. See Konstantopoulos, no. 278β.