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Kommerkion of Sicily (seventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.158
Diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 5.2.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2870; cf. similar seal published by Mordtmann Ἑλλ. Φιλολ. Συλλ. 7 (1872/73) 61, no. 8 (republished in Sig., 215).

Obverse

Inscription in three lines. Wreath border.

ΚΟΜ
ΜΕΡ
ΚΙ

κομμερκίου

Reverse

Inscription in three lines. Wreath border.

ΣΙ
ΚΕΛΙ
ΑΣ

Σικελίας

Translation

Κομμερκίου Σικελίας.

(Seal of) the kommerkion of Sicily.

Commentary

A seal with the portrait of a standing emperor and the inscription κομμερκίου Σικελίας is preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Syracus (Borsari, Amministrazione, 131, no. 1). One would assume that this was the seal used for official business of the kommerkion, while the specimen republished here, deprived of the emperor's portrait, was used for everyday correspondence; see Oikonomides, Kommerkiarioi, 36.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.158
Diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 5.2.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2870; cf. similar seal published by Mordtmann Ἑλλ. Φιλολ. Συλλ. 7 (1872/73) 61, no. 8 (republished in Sig., 215).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.158
Diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 5.2.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2870; cf. similar seal published by Mordtmann Ἑλλ. Φιλολ. Συλλ. 7 (1872/73) 61, no. 8 (republished in Sig., 215).

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