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Constantine bishop of Nicaea (seventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.145
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 59.8.
Laurent, Corpus, V/1, no. 390.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 304.


Cruciform monogram of Κωνσταντίνου; the Ν on the right is effaced. Wreath border.



Cruciform monogram of ἐπισκόπου; the Ε on the left is lost. In the quarters: ΝΙΚΙ|Σ. Wreath border.

ἐπισκόπου Νικαίας


Κωνσταντίνου ἐπισκόπου Νικαίας.

(Seal of) Constantine bishop of Nicaea.


Nicaea of Bithynia was a metropolis, not a simple bishopric, in the seventh century; a bishopric of "Nicaea," suffragan of Adrianoupolis, is listed in Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 3, line 589 (ninth century). We prefer to follow Laurent and attribute the present specimen to the metropolis of Bithynia, since in the seventh century the title ἐπίσκοπος was used for bishops and metropolitans alike (Laurent, Corpus V/1, p. XXVIII).