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Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 1368. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $1350. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

JOHN XIV Kelakas, Patriarch of Constantinople. 1334-1347. Lead Bulla (seal) (39mm, 43.76 gm). The Virgin Platytera seated facing on throne with arched back, holding Christ child / "John, by the Grace of God, Archbishop of Constantinopolis-the New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch". Zakos II, 44. Good VF with light brown patina, scrape on obverse. Rare. ($1000)

John XIV Kelakas supported the party of Anna of Savoy and her son John V. When they were ousted by John Cantecuzenus in 1347, the patriarch was forced to abdicate.