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207, Lot: 475. Estimate $100.
Sold for $265. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BULGARIA. Petr I. Tsar, 927-969. PB Seal (21mm, 8.72 g, 12h). Facing bust of Christ, raising hand in benediction, holding Gospels / Crowned facing busts of Petr, wearing chlamys, and Eirine (Maria) Lecapene, wearing loros, holding patriarchal cross between them. Cf. Jordanov Type III.3Aa; cf. Youroukova 10 . Near VF, rough surfaces, bent flan.

In 927 Petr married Maria, the daughter of Romanus I, in a diplomatic effort to establish peace between Bulgaria and the Byzantine Empire. To underscore the nature of the new relationship, Maria was renamed Eirine (“Peace”).