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The imperial kommerkia of Thessalonica (778/9)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.665

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.31.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 271b.

Details

Diameter:
28 mm
Condition:
Chipped on one side.

Obverse

The imperial kommerkia of Thessalonica (778/9)

Emperors Leo IV, bearded, and Constantine VI, beardless. Both wear crown (with cross), divitision, and chlamys and are seated on lyre-backed thrones. In field above, crosslet. Linear border.

Reverse

The imperial kommerkia of Thessalonica (778/9)

In the upper half, busts of Leo III and Constantine V wearing crown (with cross) and loroi. In field above, crosslet. At their sides, inscription: Β. In the lower half, inscription.

ΩΝΒΑΚΟ
ΕΡΚΘ

νδικτιὼν βˊ  τῶν βασιλικῶν κομμερκίων Θεσσαλονίκης

Translation

Ἰνδικτιὼν βˊ. τῶν βασιλικῶν κομμερκίων Θεσσαλονίκης.

Indiction 2. (Seal) of the imperial kommerkia of Thessalonica.

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Commentary

The reconstruction of the inscription can be considered secure because we have another, better preserved specimen from the same boulloterion, kept in the Athens Numismatic Museum (Konstantopoulos, no. 2 = Zacos-Veglery, no. 271a).

 

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