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Nikephoros Ouranos (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1509
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Condition Effaced on obverse and cracked in upper left quarter on reverse.
Previous Editions

Eric McGeer, "Tradition and Reality in the Taktika of Nikephoros Ouranos," DOP 45 (1991), 140.

Obverse

The Mother of God orans, holding the medallion of Christ before her. On either side traces of the sigla: ΜΡ - ΘΥ. Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, beginning with a cross, and the final letters flanked by dashes. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕΟ
ΗΘΕΙΤ
ΣΔΟΥΛ
ΝΙ
ΚΗΦΟΡ,
ΤΟΥΡΑ
Ν

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικηφόρ(ῳ) τῷ Οὐρανῷ.

Translation

Mother of God, help your servant Nikephoros Ouranos.

Commentary

The personal seal of the well-known soldier, court official, and man of letters Nikephoros Ouranos (ca. 950-1010) who was appointed viceroy of the east by Basil II in the year 999; see BZS 1951.31.5.1576.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1509
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Condition Effaced on obverse and cracked in upper left quarter on reverse.
Previous Editions

Eric McGeer, "Tradition and Reality in the Taktika of Nikephoros Ouranos," DOP 45 (1991), 140.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1509
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Condition Effaced on obverse and cracked in upper left quarter on reverse.
Previous Editions

Eric McGeer, "Tradition and Reality in the Taktika of Nikephoros Ouranos," DOP 45 (1991), 140.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1509
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Condition Effaced on obverse and cracked in upper left quarter on reverse.
Previous Editions

Eric McGeer, "Tradition and Reality in the Taktika of Nikephoros Ouranos," DOP 45 (1991), 140.