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Menas (seventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2839
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 21 mm


Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII); in the quarters: ΤΩΣΩ|..ΛΩ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ


Cruciform monogram, reading Μηνᾷ; in the quarters: ΑΜΝ. Wreath border.

Μηνᾷ Ἀμήν


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Μηνᾷ, Ἀμήν.

Theotokos, help your servant Menas, amen.


The reverse contains a play on words: the letters of the monogram form the name Menas, but also the word Amen, which is contained within the angles of the cruciform.