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Phouretzes merchant (?) (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1464
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 16 mm

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, with the medallion of Christ before her. Details indistinct. On either side: μ̅θ̅: Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

κε,θ,
φρ̣ετι
πργμ
τεπτι

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Φουρέτζι πραγματεπτῖ

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Φουρέτζι πραγματεπτῖ.

Lord, help Phouretzes, merchant.

Commentary

The last line of the reverse poses a problem. The lettering consists of a tau, a ligature (read here, not without misgivings as pi-tau), and iota, thus making πραγματεπτῖ. This may represent a mistake on the engraver's part; in any event, the simplest interpretation is to take the owner as a merchant (πραγματευτής).

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1464
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 16 mm

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Accession number BZS.1958.106.1464
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 16 mm

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Accession number BZS.1958.106.1464
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 16 mm

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