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Nikephoros I and Staurakios (803–11)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1642 (formerly Fogg 1642)
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Corroded. No channel.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 39.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 45 (slightly different reading).

Obverse

Bust of Nikephoros, bearded, wearing  and a crown with a cross and a chlamys pinned on his right shoulder, and holding a cross potent in his right hand and in his left an akakia. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

ICIFOROSASILE

Niciforos basile(us).

Reverse

Bust of Staurakios, wearing a crown with by a cross and a chlamysm, and seemingly holding a globus cruciger in his right hand and in his left an akakia. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

SAVRACISESPOΘ

Stauracis despo(tes) Θ.

Translation

Niciforos basileus.
Stauracis despotes.

Nikephoros, basileus.
Staurakios, despotes
.

Commentary

Nikephoros promoted his son to the rank of co-emperor in December of 803, who succeeded him in 811 before being deposed by his brother-in-law Michael, reigning only two months (26 July to 2 October 811).

Zacos and Veglery have incorrectly read the opening portion of the emperor’s name on the obverse as ICH. There is no channel, so this specimen might be a lead coin of necessity (see similarly a specimen of Eirene, BZS.1958.106.504). The letter Θ is found as a control mark on gold coins issued in the names of Nikephoros and Staurakios (for example, DOC 3.1:2b.1 [pl. 16]).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1642 (formerly Fogg 1642)
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Corroded. No channel.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 39.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 45 (slightly different reading).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1642 (formerly Fogg 1642)
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Corroded. No channel.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 39.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 45 (slightly different reading).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1642 (formerly Fogg 1642)
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Corroded. No channel.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 39.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 45 (slightly different reading).

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