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John metropolitan of Edessa (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with a medallion of Christ on her breast. Sigla: ̅-θ̅υ : Μή(τηρ) Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, preceded by a cross. Border of dots.

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θ̅κεRοη
θειι̅τρ,
πολιτου
εδεσου

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθει Ἰω(άννου) μητρ(ο)πολίτου Ἐδέσου

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with a medallion of Christ on her breast. Sigla: ̅-θ̅υ : Μή(τηρ) Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, preceded by a cross. Border of dots.

+
θ̅κεRοη
θειι̅τρ,
πολιτου
εδεσου

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθει Ἰω(άννου) μητρ(ο)πολίτου Ἐδέσου

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4817
Diameter 25.0 mm; field: 18.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 73.3.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννου μητροπολίτου Ἐδέσου.

Mother of God, help John, metropolitan of Edessa.

Commentary

John is not known from other sources. His election and appointment to the see of Edessa are probably related to the military successes of the Byzantines against the Crusader states in the twelfth century.