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Basil sebastophoros (eleventh century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1314
Diameter 22 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1917.

Obverse

Bust of St Nicholas holding the book and offering a blessing. Inscription on either side: |ΝΙ|Κ,Λ|ΑΟ|Σ: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικ(ό)λαος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross of dots above. Border of dots.


ΣΕΑ
ΣΤΟΦΟΡ,
ΑΣΙΛΕΙ
ΟΝΣΟΙΣΚΕ
ΠΟΙ.

σεβαστοφόρ(ον) Βασίλειον, σοι σκέποι[ς]

Translation

σεβαστοφόρον Βασίλειον, σοι σκέποις.

May you protect the sebastophoros Basil.

Commentary

We agree with Wassiliou-Seibt in taking σοι in the fourth line as a homophonic error for σύ.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1314
Diameter 22 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1917.