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Leo archbishop of the Nikopoloi (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.118
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 2.12.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 670.
Cf. parallel specimens in Mušmov, Vizantijski, no. 31 (illustrated; incorrectly read; partly corrected by F. Dölger, BZ 36 [1936] 268-69 and by Bănescu, Byzantion 10 [1935] 726) and Lihačev, Molivdovuly, 81 (illustrated, pl. LXI, no. 3; incorrectly read). Laurent lists two other specimens in Vienna and Budapest.


A cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Small wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Inscription of four lines. Small wreath border.


Λέοντι ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Νικοπόλων, ἀμήν


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Νικοπόλων, ἀμήν.

Mother of God, help your servant Leo, archbishop of the Nikopoloi. Amen