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Alexios III Angelos (1195-1203)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.608 (formerly DO 58.106.608)
Diameter 43 mm
Field diameter 37 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 96.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 110b.


St. Constantine standing on a dais, wearing a crown with a cross and a loros. He holds a long cross scepter in the right hand. Visible at right: [ ἅγιος] Κων[στ]αν[τ]ῖνος. Border of dots.


Emperor Alexios III standing, wearing a crown with a cross and a chlamys. He holds a labarum in the right hand. Traces of a circular inscription at left. Linear border.

......οσδ.σπ,τ. . .

[Ἀλέξι]ος δ[ε]σπ(ό)τ(ης) [ Κομνηνός].


Ἀλέξιος δεσπότης Κομνηνός.

Alexios Komnenos, despotes.


Unlike prior emperors, who are depicted wearing the traditional loros, Alexios III Komnenos is here shown wearing a chlamys, a garment denoting inferior rank. The loros is reserved to the sainted emperor, who appears on the obverse. The same garments are worn by the two figures on some classes of Alexios III's coins, but one (DOC 4.1:2a3) depicts both Constantine and Alexios wearing a loros.