obolos 20
3 October 2021
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Lot 1449
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Hammer Price: 130 CHF
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BYZANTINE SEALS. Stephanos Imperial Spatharios and Chartoularios of the Numera, circa 10th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 27 mm, 14.50 g, 12 h). +KE BOHΘEI TΩ CΩ ΔOYΛΩ Patriarchal cross set on base and three steps from which tendrils grow towards each side. Rev. +CTEΦ/ΑΝΩ B'CΠA/Θ' S XAPTOY/Λ ΤΩ NOY/MEPΩN in five lines within circular dotted border. Seemingly unpublished. The title of Chartoularios of the Numeroi is extremely rare to appear in seals. Very fine.



The Numera were small military units (around 200-400 soldiers each) in charge of the security of the imperial palace of Constantinople and the Byzantine capital in general. The battalion of the Teixistes, the ones in charge of the walls of Constantinople were also included in the Numera. The title Chartoularios of the Numera is documented in "De cerimoniis aulae Byzantinae", written by the Emperor Constantine Porphyrogenitos.
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Online bidding closes:
04 Oct 2021 03:04:30 CEST
Current Date & Time:
24 Oct 2021 21:46:41 CEST
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Hammer Price:
130 CHF by Paxaugusti (Bids: 3)

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Lot 1449
Starting Price: 100 CHF
BYZANTINE SEALS. Stephanos Imperial Spatharios and Chartoularios of the Numera, circa 10th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 27 mm, 14.50 g, 12 h). +KE BOHΘEI TΩ CΩ ΔOYΛΩ Patriarchal cross set on base and three steps from which tendrils grow towards each side. Rev. +CTEΦ/ΑΝΩ B'CΠA/Θ' S XAPTOY/Λ ΤΩ NOY/MEPΩN in five lines within circular dotted border. Seemingly unpublished. The title of Chartoularios of the Numeroi is extremely rare to appear in seals. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 130 CHF
Lot 1450
Starting Price: 50 CHF
BYZANTINE SEALS. Gregorios, imperial ostiarios, Circa 10th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 24 mm, 7.72 g, 11 h). KE BOHΘ' TΩ CΩ ΔOYΛΩ ("Lord please aid your servant") Double cross potent on base and three steps, with fleurons rising from each side of the base. Rev. +ΓPHΓΟ/PIΩ B'OCT/IAP, S EΠΙ TIC/ ΛYKIAKIC/ TPAΠEZ in five lines flanked by sets of dots. The whole within simple linear border. A fine seal. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 80 CHF
Lot 1451
Starting Price: 50 CHF
BYZANTINE SEALS. Petros, Protonotarios of Thrace? and Imperial Spatharios, Circa 10th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 25 mm, 12.37 g, 12 h). KE ROHΘH TΩ/CΩ Δ૪Λ Nimbate bust of St. Peter holding the Keys of Heaven in his right hand and a long cross in his left hand. Rev. + /ΠΕΤΡΩ/ Α'CΠΑΘΑP'/ S ANOTAP,/ T, ΘPAK' in five lines within plain dotted border. Possibly unpublished except for the prior auction appearances of this example. Extremely interesting and rare iconography for the Apostle Peter. Nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 140 CHF
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