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Sergios II, patriarch of Constantinople (1001–19)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2207 (formerly DO 58.106.2207)
Diameter 44 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 116.1; Zacos, Seals 2: no. 12; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1630. Cf. Galavaris, “Thokos,” no. 16 (p. 174).


The Mother of God standing, holding Christ on her left arm. At left and right, sigla M-R-ΘV: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Faint traces of a circular inscription. No visible border.

. . . ΗΘΕΙ  ΤΩ . . .

[Θ(εοτό)κε βο]ήθει τῷ [σῷ δούλῳ]


Inscription of six lines preceded by decoration. No visible border.


Σεργίῳ ἀρχιεπι[σ]κ(όπῳ) Κωνσταν[τ]ινουπόλ(εως) Νέας Ῥώμ(ης).


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Σεργίῳ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Κωνσταντινουπόλεως Νέας Ῥώμης.

Mother of God, help your servant Sergios, archbishop [patriarch] of Constantinople, the New Rome.


Prior to his elevation to the patriarchal throne, Sergios served as hegoumenos of the monastery τοῦ Μανουήλ (Skylitzes, 341, line 11 and Janin, Églises, 320). His reign is remembered for his opposition to the fiscal obligation known as allelengyon. The law stipulated that wealthier property holders pay the taxes of poorer neighbors who defaulted. He was willing, however, to countenance the charistike, the private management of religious foundations. See ODB 3:1878 and Monastic Foundation Documents 1:202–3.