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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.1332
People
Constantine VII, Byzantine (r. 945 - 959)
Title
Solidus of Constantine VII, Constantinople
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
914-919 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Middle
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/196615
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.35 g
Denomination
solidus
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: +IhSXPSREX REGNANTIYM *
  • Reverse Inscription: COnSTAnT'CEZWHEnXWb'R'
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 3.2, 2.2 (p. 542)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.1332
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Christ seated facing, bearded, on small lyre-backed throne, wearing tunic and himation, r. hand raised outward in blessing, book resting on l. knee.

Rev.: To l., bust of Constantine facing, beardless, wearing chlamys and crown with cross; to r., bust of Zoe facing, wearing traditional loros and crown with pendilia, semi-circular plaques, and cross. They hold between them a globus with tall patriarchal cross by its shaft, with Zoe's hand above Constantine's.

reverse die axis 7 o'clock
Publication History

Alfred R. Bellinger, ed., Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection (Washington, D.C, 1992), vol. 3, part 2, 542, cat. 2.2, pl. 36

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 98/figs. 39a, 39b

Exhibition History

Byzantine Women and Their World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/25/2002 - 04/28/2003

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