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Gregoras imperial spatharios and archon of Cherson (ninth century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ|Δ... No visible border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. No visible border.

ΓΡΗΓΟ
ΡΒΣΠΘ
ΡΧΧΕΡ
ΣΟΝΟΣ

Γρηγορᾷ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἄρχοντι Χερσόνος

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ|Δ... No visible border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. No visible border.

ΓΡΗΓΟ
ΡΒΣΠΘ
ΡΧΧΕΡ
ΣΟΝΟΣ

Γρηγορᾷ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἄρχοντι Χερσόνος

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2253
Diameter 26.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 82.2.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 3113.
Alekseyenko, L'administration Byzantine de Cherson, no. 13 (with parallel specimens).
Cf. Sokolova, Zbor. Rad. 18 (1978) 83, no. 3 and Monety, no. 5a. Another specimen is published by Sokolova, Zbor. Rad. 18 (1978) 82-83, and Monety, no. 5. The Hermitage specimen is from a different boulloterion.
Cf. also Alekseyenko, L'administration Byzantine de Cherson, no. 11, 12, 14 for seals likely of the same person (with a number of specimens of each).