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The imperial kommerkia of Thrace and Hexamilion (751-775)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1743
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 54.2.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 270.


Two imperial busts: Constantine V (left), bearded, and Leo IV, beardless, each wearing chlamys and crown (only partially imprinted). Linear border.


Imperial bust above an exergual line: Leo III (only partially visible) wearing loros. Below the line, an inscription of four lines. Linear border.


Τῶν βασιλικῶν κομμερκίων τῆς Θρᾴκης καὶ τοῦ Ἑξαμιλίου


Τῶν βασιλικῶν κομμερκίων τῆς Θρᾴκης καὶ τοῦ Ἑξαμιλίου.

(Seal) of the imperial kommerkia of Thrace and of Hexamilion.


This seal is similar in its iconography to the folleis, Class 3, of Constantine V (see Grierson, Catalogue, III, 1, 11.1 ff, pl. IX).

Hexamilion (modern Bulayir) must have had significant economic activities, as is shown by our seals from there.

The see, a suffragan bishopric of Herakleia, was located at the site of ancient Lysimachia in the middle of the Dardanelles along the Thracian coast; it remained a bishopric until the fourteenth century when it was raised to the status of an archbishopric and metropolis (Laurent, Corpus V/1, 229; Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 249-50, 294-95). In a tenth-century notitia (cf. Darrouzès, Notitiae, 64), Hexamilion is equated with neighboring Chersonesos.