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The imperial kommerkia of Thrace (787/8)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.674

Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 71.19.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 276a. A second specimen from the Zacos collection (same boulloterion) is published ibid., no. 277b.

Details

Diameter:
31 mm
Condition:
Struck twice with the same matrices.

Obverse

The imperial kommerkia of Thrace (787/8)

Two imperial busts: Constantine VI (left), beardless, wearing chlamys and crown with a cross, and his mother Irene, wearing crown with a cross and four triangular projections (details of dress indistinct). Between the figures, in the upper field, a cross. Wreath border.

νδικτιὼν ιαˊ

Reverse

The imperial kommerkia of Thrace (787/8)

Three imperial busts above an exergual line: Constantine V (left), Leo III (center), and Leo IV; all wear a chlamys and crown with a cross. At right, an indiction sign: ΙΑ. Below the exergual line, inscription of three lines. Wreath border.

Β/ΚΟΜΜΕΡ
ΤΗΣΘΡ
Σ

Τῶν βασιλικῶν κομμερκίων τῆς Θρᾴκης

Translation

Ἰνδικτιὼν ιαˊ.   Τῶν βασιλικῶν κομμερκίων τῆς Θρᾴκης.

Indiction 11.   (Seal of) the imperial kommerkia of Thrace.

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Commentary

On the reverse, outside the field at right, the letters Α, then a straight line, then ΕΡ, can be seen. These are remnants of a previous strike with the same matrices: end of the indiction sign, exergual line, end of line (rev.).

 

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