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David Komnenos (before 1214)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1706
Diameter 41 mm
Field diameter 37 mm
Condition Dented on obverse.
Previous Editions

J.W. Nesbitt, Faith and Power, p. 34. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 598a (listing all previous editions).

Obverse

King David "the prophet" holding a trefoil sceptre in his right hand, an akakia (or scroll) in his left. Inscription: |Σ|..ε..οπρ|οφη|τηΔα(βὶ)δ βασ[ιλ]ε[ὺς] ὁ προφήτης.

Reverse

An inscription of six lines, consisting of two twelve-syllable verses separated by a decoration. Cross above inscription, decoration below. Line border.

̅̅̅σιλευ
σφλεσγρ
φνκυροσ
̅̅̅κομνηνου
σιλεκγο
νουγιν
   

Δα(βὶ)δ βασιλεῦ ἀσφαλὲς γραφῶν κύρος Δα(βὶ)δ Κομνηνοῦ βασιλεκγόνου γίνου

Translation

Δαβὶδ βασιλεῦ ἀσφαλὲς γραφῶν κύρος Δαβὶδ Κομνηνοῦ βασιλεκγόνου γίνου.

King David, be a secure guarantor of the documents of David Komnenos, descendant of kings.

Commentary

David Komnenos was the grandson of Andronikos I (1183-1185) and the brother of the first emperor of Trebizond, Alexios I Komnenos (1204-1222), whom David helped to gain the throne. He tried to extend his brother's territory against the rival Laskarids of Nicaea but was later compelled to become a vassal of the Latin emperors of Constantinople in 1206. He was killed while defending the town of Sinope from an attack by the Seljuq Turks in 1214.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1706
Diameter 41 mm
Field diameter 37 mm
Condition Dented on obverse.
Previous Editions

J.W. Nesbitt, Faith and Power, p. 34. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 598a (listing all previous editions).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1706
Diameter 41 mm
Field diameter 37 mm
Condition Dented on obverse.
Previous Editions

J.W. Nesbitt, Faith and Power, p. 34. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 598a (listing all previous editions).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1706
Diameter 41 mm
Field diameter 37 mm
Condition Dented on obverse.
Previous Editions

J.W. Nesbitt, Faith and Power, p. 34. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 598a (listing all previous editions).