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Kommerkion of Sicily (seventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription in three lines. Wreath border.

ΚΟΜ
ΜΕΡ
ΚΙ

κομμερκίου

Reverse

Inscription in three lines. Wreath border.

ΣΙ
ΚΕΛΙ
ΑΣ

Σικελίας

Obverse

Inscription in three lines. Wreath border.

ΚΟΜ
ΜΕΡ
ΚΙ

κομμερκίου

Reverse

Inscription in three lines. Wreath border.

ΣΙ
ΚΕΛΙ
ΑΣ

Σικελίας

Accession number BZS.1947.2.158
Diameter 24.0 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).

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.