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Constantine (imperial?) spatharios (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.866
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Broken at the top and along the circumference, with loss of lettering.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram, indeterminate type. In the quarters: ΤΣ.|.Λ.: τῷ σ[ῷ] [δ]ούλ[ῳ]. Thin wreath border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, top line missing. Thin wreath border.

ΝΣΤ
ΤΙΝ
ΣΠΘ̣

[Κων]στα[ν]τίνῳ [(βασιλικῷ)] σπαθ(αρίῳ)

Translation

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ.

Lord or Mother of God, help your servant Constantine, imperial spatharios.

Commentary

The inscription on the reverse will have contained one more letter at the end of the third line (the second line preserved). We assume that the abbreviation for "imperial" stood at the end of that line and have restored it in our edition.