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Constantine VII and Zoe (914–19)

 
 

Obverse

Half-length representation of Christ, lightly bearded, wearing a tunic and himation. He raises his right hand in blessing and holds a book in his left hand. He has a cross behind his head. Circular inscription. No visible border.

SSX...OS

[I]ηsus X[ris]tos.

Reverse

Two half-length figures: at left, Constantine VII, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a loros; at right, Zoe, wearing a crown with a large jewel in front, long pendilia, and a tripartite decoration on top. She wears a chlamys pinned together with a fibula on her right shoulder. They hold between them a patriarchal cross. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

.CO..ASZVHASILˊ.

Con[st]ant(inos) (καὶ) Zωη basil(is) [R(omeon)].

Obverse

Half-length representation of Christ, lightly bearded, wearing a tunic and himation. He raises his right hand in blessing and holds a book in his left hand. He has a cross behind his head. Circular inscription. No visible border.

SSX...OS

[I]ηsus X[ris]tos.

Reverse

Two half-length figures: at left, Constantine VII, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a loros; at right, Zoe, wearing a crown with a large jewel in front, long pendilia, and a tripartite decoration on top. She wears a chlamys pinned together with a fibula on her right shoulder. They hold between them a patriarchal cross. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

.CO..ASZVHASILˊ.

Con[st]ant(inos) (καὶ) Zωη basil(is) [R(omeon)].

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1652 (formerly Fogg 1652)
Diameter 32.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 56.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 62b.

Translation

Iηsus Xristos.
Constantinos καὶ Zωη basilis Romeon.

Jesus Christ.
Constantine and Zoe, basileis of the Romans.

Commentary

The design of the seal closely resembles Grierson’s class 1 follis (DOC 3.2:22.2 [pl. 38]), with a difference in the spelling of Zoe’s name (ZOH on the coin).