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John imperial protospatharios and interpreter of the Romans (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.833
Diameter 26 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Corroded on the obverse.

Obverse

Bust of St. John the Baptist holding a staff cross and offering a blessing. Inscription on either side: |ι̅ο| : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Πρ(όδρομος). Within a border of dots, a circular inscription along the circumference beginning at eight o'clock:

κε̅ο....τσΔ

Κ(ύρι)ε βο[ήθει] τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration below. Border of dots.

Ι̅,ˊσπ
θκεερ
μηνευτη
ρμεον
  

Ἰω(άννῃ) β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) κε δ(ι)ερμηνευτῇ Ῥωμέον

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ κε διερμηνευτῇ Ῥωμέον.

Lord, help your servant John, imperial protospatharios and interpreter of the Romans.