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Constantine Doukas, magistros and doux (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1136
Diameter 27 mm
Field diameter 25 mm

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God with her hands raised in prayer, the medallion of Christ before her. Inscription on either side: ̅θυ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above and a decoration below. Border of dots.


θκ̅ε̅,θ,
κ̅νμα
γιστρ
δκητ
δκα
  

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) Κων(σταντίνῳ) μαγίστρῳ (καὶ) δούκη τῷ Δούκᾳ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Κωνσταντίνῳ μαγίστρῳ καὶ δούκη τῷ Δούκᾳ.

Mother of God, help Constantine Doukas, magistros and doux.

Commentary

The owner of this seal will have been the future emperor Constantine X Doukas (1059-1067); the inscription supplies useful evidence for a previously unknown stage of his career.