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Romanos I, Constantine VII, and Stephen (931–44)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.566 (formerly DO 58.106.566)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 62.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 68c.

Details

Diameter:
31 mm
Condition:
Corroded.

Obverse

Romanos I, Constantine VII, and Stephen (931–44)

Half-length representation of Christ, bearded, wearing a tunic and himation. He raises his right hand in blessing and holds a book in his left. He has a cross behind head; each arm is decorated with a heavy line bordered by a row of pellets above and below. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

ISSXRI....

Iηsus Xri[stus].

Reverse

Romanos I, Constantine VII, and Stephen (931–44)

Three half-length figures, only the center and right visible: at center, in the foreground, Romanos I,with a long, parted beard, wearing a cross-topped crown with a jeweled band and a loros. In the background,: at right, Stephen, beardless wearing a crown surmounted by a cross; at left, Constantine is not visible. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

......COSACES

[Roman(os)], Constan(tinos) ce St(ephanos) b[(asilis) R(omaion)].

Translation

Iηsus Xristus.
Romanos, Constantinos ce Stephanos basilis Romaion.

Jesus Christ.
Romanos, Constantine and Stephen, basileis of the Romans.

Audio

Commentary

Romanos’s son Stephen was crowned in 924, and the absence of Christophoros indicates that it dates after his death in 931.

 

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