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John II Komnenos (1118–1143)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.485 (formerly DO 58.106.485)
Diameter 33 mm
Condition Cracked; corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 91.2.


A bearded Christ seated on a high-back throne, holding a book in the left hand. He has a nimbus cruciger. Sigla at left and right: Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)[ς]. Border of dots.


John II standing, wearing a crown and a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist. He holds in the right hand (a labarum?) and a globus cruciger in the left. Circular inscription, beginning at 7 o’clock, visible at left. Border of dots.


Ἰω(άννῃ) δ[εσ]πότ(ῃ) τῷ [πορφυρογεννήτῳ]?


Ἰωάννῃ δεσπότῃ τῷ πορφυρογεννήτῳ

John porphyogennetos, despotes.


The use of the dative case is unusual as there is no invocation accompanying the inscription. For coins of John II with a similar dative inscription see DOC 4.1: no. 12a.