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Romanos I, Christophoros, and Constantine VII (922/24–31)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.21
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Broken along channel, with loss of metal on reverse.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 59.3; Zacos–Veglery, no. 66c (incorrectly identified as Fogg 104).

Obverse

Half-length representation of Christ, bearded, wearing a tunic and himation. He raises his right hand in blessing and holds a book in his left. He has a cross behind his head. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

ISSXRISS

Iηsus Xristus.

Reverse

Three half-length figures: in center, Romanos I, bearded, wearing a jeweled crown surmounted by a cross and a loros; at left, Christophoros, more diminutive than Romanos, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a chlamys. At right, Constantine VII, smaller than Christophoros, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a chlamys. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

ROAˊXRISOF..COSˊ

Roman(os), Xristof(oros) [ce] Const(antinos).

Translation

Iηsus Xristus.
Romanos, Xristoforos ce Constantinos.

Jesus Christ.
Romanos, Christophoros, and Constantine.

Commentary

Romanos I’s son, Christophoros, was crowned augustus by Constantine VII on 20 May 921 and died in 931. The dating is based upon a novel promulgated in April of 922 in the names of Romanos, Constantine, and Christophoros. Grierson has assigned to the period ca. 930 gold coins depicting the three emperors together together (DOC 3.2:8.1 [pl. 36]; BNC 2: p. 562).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.21
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Broken along channel, with loss of metal on reverse.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 59.3; Zacos–Veglery, no. 66c (incorrectly identified as Fogg 104).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.21
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Broken along channel, with loss of metal on reverse.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 59.3; Zacos–Veglery, no. 66c (incorrectly identified as Fogg 104).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.21
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Broken along channel, with loss of metal on reverse.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 59.3; Zacos–Veglery, no. 66c (incorrectly identified as Fogg 104).

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