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John apo eparchon and general kommerkiarios of the apotheke of Aigaion Pelagos (713/14)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.659

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 40.23.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 213.

Details

Diameter:
31 mm
Condition:
Corroded.

Obverse

John apo eparchon and general kommerkiarios of the apotheke of Aigaion Pelagos (713/14)

Emperor Anastasios II wearing a crown and chlamys, holding a globus cruciger and an akakia. On either side the indiction sign: ΙΒ. Along the circumference a circular inscription. Linear border.

ΙΑΝΝΟΥΑΠΟΕΠΑΡΧ

νδικτιών ιβ´
Ἰωάννου ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων

Reverse

John apo eparchon and general kommerkiarios of the apotheke of Aigaion Pelagos (713/14)

Inscription of six lines. Linear border.

SΓΕΝΙ
ΚΟΥΚΟΜΜ
ΕΡΚΙΑΡΙΟΥ
ΑΠΟΘΗΚΗΣ
ΤΟΥΑΙΓΕΟΥ
.ΕΛΑΓΟΥ

καὶ γενικοῦ κομμερκιαρίου ἀποθήκης τοῦ Αἰγέου Πελάγου

Translation

Ἰωάννου ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων καὶ γενικοῦ κομμερκιαρίου ἀποθήκης τοῦ Αἰγέου Πελάγου.

(Seal of) John apo eparchon and general kommerkiarios of the apotheke of Aigaion Pelagos.

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Commentary

Zacos-Veglery correctly identified the emperor as Anastasios II (713-15). The figure matches in all details (style of hair and dress, symbols of power) the representation of this emperor on gold coins (Grierson, Catalogue II/2, pl. XLVI). The form πελάγου instead of πελάγους should be maintained: it echoes common usage and is well attested, cf. DO Seals 2, nos. 40.28, 40.32 (BZS 1955.1.1431 and 1955.1.1596).

 

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