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Constantine VII (27 January–6 April 945)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4300 (formerly DO 55.1.4300)
Diameter 30 mm
Condition Bent
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 63.3; Zacos–Veglery, no. 70d.

Obverse

Half-length representation of Christ bearded, wearing a chiton and himation. He raises his right hand in blessing and holds a book in his left. He has a nimbus cruciger; each limb of the cross is decorated with a row of three dots. At left and right, the sigla IC-XC: Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. No visible border.

Reverse

Half-length representation of Constantine VII, wearing a crown with a jeweled band and double pendilia and a loros. Remains of a circular inscription at right. Border of dots.

......AVORA

[Consta]n(tinos) autocrat(or).

Translation

Constantinos autocrator.

Constantine, autokrator.

Commentary

A close parallel with this seal is the image of the emperor appearing on the reverse of a gold coin in BNC 2 (pl. 77/11), which Morrisson has assigned to 27 January–6 April 945.

With Constantine VII, Christ now begins to appear on seals with a nimbus cruciger.

This is the first instance on imperial seals in which Christ is identified by the sigla IC-XC.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4300 (formerly DO 55.1.4300)
Diameter 30 mm
Condition Bent
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 63.3; Zacos–Veglery, no. 70d.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4300 (formerly DO 55.1.4300)
Diameter 30 mm
Condition Bent
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 63.3; Zacos–Veglery, no. 70d.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4300 (formerly DO 55.1.4300)
Diameter 30 mm
Condition Bent
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 63.3; Zacos–Veglery, no. 70d.

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