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Constantine Bourtzes, patrikios (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1027
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Struck slightly off-center; effaced on the left of the reverse.

Obverse

Patriarchal cross (an Χ at the lower crossbar) mounted on three steps and ornamented at its base with fleurons that rise on both sides. Remains of a circular inscription within an indeterminate border.

κε...θε....ω....

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σδούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Indeterminate border.

.κν
..αντιν
.ατρικι
τρ
τζη

Κωνσταντίν πατρικί

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ πατρικίῳ.

Lord, help your servant Constantine patrikios.

Commentary

In his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw Collection, Laurent identifies this Constantine as the son of Michael Bourtzes, the conqueror and first duke of Antioch. Constantine served under Basil II, but was blinded by Constantine VIII on his accession to the throne.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1027
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Struck slightly off-center; effaced on the left of the reverse.

Bibliography

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1027
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Struck slightly off-center; effaced on the left of the reverse.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1027
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Struck slightly off-center; effaced on the left of the reverse.

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