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Jacob imperial kandidatos and koubikoularios (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.495
Diameter 17 mm
Field diameter 13 mm
Condition Chipped on the obverse on the left and right. Effaced on the reverse on the left.


Bust of St. Prokopios, facing, unbearded, wearing the chlamys tied at the right shoulder. Inscription to left and right: |...Κ|Π.|Ο,: ὁ ἅγιος Προκόπιος. Border of dots.


Inscription in four lines. Border of dots.


Κύριε βοήθει Ἰακόβ βασιλικῷ κανδιδάτο καὶ κουβικουλαρίῳ


Κύριε βοήθει Ἰακόβῳ βασιλικῷ κανδιδάτο καὶ κουβικουλαρίῳ.

Lord, help Jacob imperial kandidatos and koubikoularios.


In his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection, Laurent points out that while the last word of the reverse inscription could be read as βικαρίῳ (vikarios), that would be significantly more irregular than koubikoularios. The epigraphy lends credence to Laurent's reading, as  there seems to be room for a single letter before the Β, and by putting the Κ without the ου at the beginning of koubikoularios, the abbreviation style would match that of κανδιδάτῳ above.