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The imperial kommerkia of Thessalonica (778/9)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.665
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Chipped on one side.
Previous Editions

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


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.


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.


νδικτιὼν βˊ  τῶν βασιλικῶν κομμερκίων Θεσσαλονίκης


Ἰνδικτιὼν βˊ. τῶν βασιλικῶν κομμερκίων Θεσσαλονίκης.

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


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).