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Constantine/Anastasios patrikios (sixth century)

 
 

Obverse

Eagle with open wings between which is cruciform invocative monogram of Θεοτόκε βοήθει (apparently). Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. To the l. (and to the r.?), tree or palm. Wreath border.

α - ι - κ - ν - π - ρ - σ - τ - ω

Κωνσταντίνῳ/Ἀναστασίῳ πατρικίῳ

Obverse

Eagle with open wings between which is cruciform invocative monogram of Θεοτόκε βοήθει (apparently). Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. To the l. (and to the r.?), tree or palm. Wreath border.

α - ι - κ - ν - π - ρ - σ - τ - ω

Κωνσταντίνῳ/Ἀναστασίῳ πατρικίῳ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1990
Diameter 27.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Κωνσταντίνῳ/Ἀναστασίῳ πατρικίῳ.

Theotokos, help Constantine/Anastasios patrikios.

Commentary

The reverse complex monogram cannot be read in full as the die was not struck upon the center of the flan. However, based on the remains of the border, it appears that there is no space for an ligature, but only for a Τ placed above the Ρ. With the presence of the ligature, the monogram would assuredly read Κωνσταντίνου πατρικίου in the dative, but without it, it reads a dative and could contain either of the common names Anastasios or Constantine.