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Andronikos II Palaiologos (1282-1328)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4360 (formerly DO 55.1.4360)
Diameter 29 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 106.2.
Zacos-Veglery no. 123c.

Obverse

Christ standing before a low backless throne (thokos), wearing a tunic and himation. He holds the right hand in blessing and a book in the left. Sigla at left and right: Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Border of dots.

Reverse

The emperor standing, wearing a crown and a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist. He holds a labarum in the right hand and an akakia in the left. The manus Dei is faintly visible in the upper right field. Inscription in two columns. Border of dots.

   Α                     Ο
 ΝΔ                     ΠΑ
ΡΟΝΙ                  ΛΑΙ
ΚΟΣΔ                 ΟΛΟ
  ΕΣΠ                ΓΟΣ
     Ο                 
       Σ

Ἀνδρόνικος δεσπότης ὁ Παλαιολόγος.

Translation

Ἀνδρόνικος δεσπότης ὁ Παλαιολόγος.

Andronikos Palaiologos, despotes.

Commentary

There are no close matches between Andronikos’s coins and his seals, but on Andronikos’s copper trachea the figure of the emperor is depicted in a manner that, despite variations, somewhat resembles his appearance on his seals. See, for example, DOC 5.2:586 (pl. 34), a coin on which Andronikos is shown standing, holding a labarum in the right hand and a globus cruciger in the left; also DOC 5.2:583 (pl. 34). Here the emperor is shown standing and holding in the right hand a cross scepter and in the lefthand an akakia. In the upper right field appears the manus Dei.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4360 (formerly DO 55.1.4360)
Diameter 29 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 106.2.
Zacos-Veglery no. 123c.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4360 (formerly DO 55.1.4360)
Diameter 29 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 106.2.
Zacos-Veglery no. 123c.

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