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Alexios III Angelos (1195–1203)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.609 (formerly DO 58.106.609)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 96.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 110a.

Details

Diameter:
43 mm
Field:
37 mm
Condition:
Double struck.

Obverse

Alexios III Angelos (1195–1203)

St. Constantine standing, wearing a crown and a loros, an end of which is draped over his left arm. He holds a long cross scepter in his right hand and an akakia in his left. Inscription in two columns: Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Κωνσταντῖνος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Alexios III Angelos (1195–1203)

Alexios III standing, wearing a crown and loros, an end of which is draped over his right and left wrists. He holds a labarum in his right hand and an akakia in his left. In the upper right field, the manus Dei. Circular inscription visible at left. Border of dots.

ΑΛΕΞΙΟΣ . .

Ἀλέξιος . . .

Translation

Ἀλέξιος . . .

Alexios [Komnenos, despotes.]

Audio

Commentary

In the columnar inscription on the obverse, the omega and nu are in ligature. Zacos and Veglery maintain that the manus Dei appears at the upper right on the reverse. While admitting the possibility, we note that the heads of St. Constantine and the emperor appear to be imprinted twice, suggesting that the dies moved in the process of striking the seal blank

 

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