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Romanos I, Christophoros, and Constantine VII (922/24–31)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.569 (formerly DO 58.106.569)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 59.4.

Details

Diameter:
31 mm
Field:
21 mm
Condition:
Half of seal is missing.

Obverse

Romanos I, Christophoros, and Constantine VII (922/24–31)

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 his head. Remains of a circular inscription at right. Border of dots.

.......RISS

[Iηsus X]ristus.

Reverse

Romanos I, Christophoros, and Constantine VII (922/24–31)

Three half-length figures,only the left and center visible: in center, Romanos I, bearded, wearing a jeweled crown surmounted by a cross and a loros; at left, Christophoros, beardless and more diminutive than Romanos, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a chlamys. Constantine VII, at right, is missing. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

ROAˊXRIS. . .

Roman(os), Xrist[of(oros) ce Const(antinos)].

Translation

Iηsus Xristus.
Romanos, Xristoforos ce Constantinos.

Jesus Christ.
Romanos, Christophoros, and Constantine

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Commentary

Romanos I’s son, Christophoros, was crowned augustus by Constantine VII on 20 May 921 and died in 931. The dating is based upon a novel promulgated in April of 922 in the names of Romanos, Constantine, and Christophoros. Grierson has assigned to the period ca. 930 gold coins depicting the three emperors together together (DOC 3.2:8.1 [pl. 36]; BNC 2: p. 562).

 

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