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22 June 2021 16:00 CET
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 422
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Hammer Price:
Basil metropolitan of Keltzene, Circa 1071-1072. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 28 mm, 20.98 g, 11 h), a. +ΘΚΕ ΒΟΗΘ, ΤΩ CΩ ΔΟΥΛ/ MHP-ΘV The Virgin, robed, veiled and nimbate, standing facing, turned slightly to the left, holding the infant Christ on her right arm. Rev. -.-/BACIΛ/ ΕΛΑΧΙCTΩ/ ΜΡΟΠΟΛΙΤ,/ ΚEΛΤΖΗ/-ΝΗC- in six lines within dotted border. BZS.1947.2.51 (same reverse die) = DO Seals 4, 66.1. Laurent V/1 812. Beautifully preserved, sharply struck, well-centered and extremely attractive. The best known example. Minor scuffs, otherwise, good extremely fine.

The full inscription, starting on the obverse and continuing to the reverse, reads: Mother of God, help your servant-Basil, most humble metropolitan of Keltzene.
The city, which is known as Keltzene in Greek, was anciently named Acilisene, probably originally Erez, and was called Yekeghiats or Yerznka in Armenian; it is now the Turkish city of Erzincan. In around 387 Theodosius I and Shapur III signed the Treaty of Acilisene, which divided Greater Armenia between the Romans and the Sasanians. The city became Christian during the reign of Tiridates III due to the efforts of St. Gregory the Illuminator, who was, of course, responsible for christianising Armenia in 301. Acilisene/Keltzene had become a bishopric by at least the mid 5th century (a bishop Ioannes is known from 459). For a while the city was known as Justinianopolis, but that name soon fell into disuse. By the 10th century it was the seat of an archdiocese and in the 11th it had become a metropolitan see. Its religious importance ended with the crushing Byzantine defeat at Manzikert in 1071, but it remained a flourishing, primarily Armenian, town for centuries thereafter: it was visited by William of Rubruck in 1254 and, later in the century, by Marco Polo. The city's Armenian and Christian history ended in 1915 with the massacre of its remaining non-Muslim population by Ottoman forces and the destruction of its churches.
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
22 Jun 2021 10:00:00 CEST
Current Date & Time:
18 Oct 2021 13:07:04 CEST
Remaining Time:
Hammer Price:
3000 CHF

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Lot 422
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Basil metropolitan of Keltzene, Circa 1071-1072. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 28 mm, 20.98 g, 11 h), a. +ΘΚΕ ΒΟΗΘ, ΤΩ CΩ ΔΟΥΛ/ MHP-ΘV The Virgin, robed, veiled and nimbate, standing facing, turned slightly to the left, holding the infant Christ on her right arm. Rev. -.-/BACIΛ/ ΕΛΑΧΙCTΩ/ ΜΡΟΠΟΛΙΤ,/ ΚEΛΤΖΗ/-ΝΗC- in six lines within dotted border. BZS.1947.2.51 (same reverse die) = DO Seals 4, 66.1. Laurent V/1 812. Beautifully preserved, sharply struck, well-centered and extremely attractive. The best known example. Minor scuffs, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Lot 423
Estimate: 650 CHF
Romanus IV Diogenes, with Eudocia, Michael VII, Constantius, and Andronicus, 1068-1071. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 34 mm, 30.66 g, 12 h). PΩMAN S EYΔK B PM Christ standing facing on dais, crowning Romanus to left and Eudokia to right, each holding globus. Rev. KΩN MX ANΔ Michael VII standing facing, holding labarum and akakia; to left and right, respectively, Constantine and Andronicus standing facing, holding globus and akakia. DOC Seals 6, 82.1 ff. Zacos 93c. Clear and with a tan patina. Obverse slightly doubled and with some bangs, otherwise, good very fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Lot 424
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Eudocia & Michael VII, 1071. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 33 mm, 33.76 g, 11 h), made shortly after the great Byzantine defeat at the battle of Manzikert, Constantinople, 27 August - late 1071. IC-XC Christ Pantokrator seated facing on throne, wearing nimbus with one pellet in each arm, holding Book of Gospels in his left hand and raising his right in blessing. Rev. +MIXAYΛ S EYΔKIA ΒΑC P On the left, Michael VII, beardless, crowned and togate, holding out his right hand in supplication; on the right, his mother, Eudocia Makrembolitissa, crowned and togate, holding out her left hand in supplication; both standing facing and holding a plain patriarchal cross between them. Apparently unpublished and unknown. An important seal with great historical significance, apparently unique. Some uncleaned deposits, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF