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Synetos and Niketas general kommerkiarioi of the apotheke of Mesembria (713/4)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1773
Diameter 30 mm
Condition Corroded; blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 77.10c.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 217c.
A parallel specimen has been published several times with erroneous reading of the name as Constantine; cf. Bibicou, Douanes, 229, no. 44.

Obverse

Emperor Anastasios II standing frontally, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger. On either side, indiction signs: ΙΒˊ. No visible border.

νδικτιὼν ιβˊ  Συνετοῦ καὶ Νικήτα ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων

Reverse

Inscription. No visible border.

...νι.
ωνκομ.
ρκιαριω.
.ποθηκη.
.εσε...

καὶ γενικῶν κομμερκιαρίων ἀποθήκης Μεσεμβρίας

Translation

Ἰνδικτιὼν ιβˊ.  Συνετοῦ καὶ Νικήτα ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων καὶ γενικῶν κομμερκιαρίων ἀποθήκης Μεσεμβρίας.

Indiction 12.   (Seal of) Synetos and Niketas apo eparchon and general kommerkiarioi of the apotheke of Mesembria.

Commentary

In spite of the poor state of preservation of the circular inscription with the names on the obverse, the attribution of this seal and its parallels to Synetos and Niketas, already proposed by Zacos-Veglery, seems secure because (1) these seals belonged to an association of kommerkiarioi, since they are mentioned in the plural; (2) at that date, the two associates Synetos and Niketas are well attested from other seals; (3) the attribution is strongly supported by the remnants of letters on specimen (a); and (4) all three specimens are very similar: if they are not from the same boulloterion, they are certainly faithful copies of one another, the resemblance extending even to the relative positioning of letters from one line to the next.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1773
Diameter 30 mm
Condition Corroded; blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 77.10c.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 217c.
A parallel specimen has been published several times with erroneous reading of the name as Constantine; cf. Bibicou, Douanes, 229, no. 44.

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