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Leo imperial silentiarios and abydikos (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.499
Diameter 29 mm

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: τσ|λ. Βorder of dots.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Above and below the square border of dots, a cross (likely present from the earlier strike).

λεοντ,
σηληκ,
σηλεντ,κ
ευηκ,

Λέοντ(ι) βασηληκ(ῷ) σηλεντ(ιαρίῳ) κε ἀβυδηκ(ῷ)

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι βασηληκῷ σηλεντιαρίῳ κε ἀβυδηκῷ.

Mother of God, help your servant Leo, imperial silentiarios and abydikos.

Commentary

This is a rare and remarkable inscription set within a square border of dots. Traces of a previous strike are visible along the edges of the reverse.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.499
Diameter 29 mm