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John imperial cleric and kouboukleisios (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Nicholas, nimbate, dressed as a bishop, blessing with r. hand and holding the Gospel in l. hand. Circular inscription within border of dots.

αε,τωσωδ,λ,

Ἅγιε Νικόλαε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ

Reverse

Inscription in five lines with decoration above. Border of dots.

ιωαν
ν·κλιρ.
κωκου
ουκλ,
σιω

Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ κλιρικῷ καὶ βασιλικῷ κουβουκλεισίῳ

Obverse

Bust of St. Nicholas, nimbate, dressed as a bishop, blessing with r. hand and holding the Gospel in l. hand. Circular inscription within border of dots.

αε,τωσωδ,λ,

Ἅγιε Νικόλαε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ

Reverse

Inscription in five lines with decoration above. Border of dots.

ιωαν
ν·κλιρ.
κωκου
ουκλ,
σιω

Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ κλιρικῷ καὶ βασιλικῷ κουβουκλεισίῳ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.224
Diameter 19.0 mm; field: 17.0 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 172.

Translation

Ἅγιε Νικόλαε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ κλιρικῷ καὶ κουβουκλεισίῳ.

St. Nicholas, help your servant John imperial cleric and kouboukleisios.

Commentary

The first two letters of the second line are not entirely clear; however, they seem to read Ν, a · marking an abbreviation, then a , thus making this John an "imperial" cleric. The other less likely reading is that they are ΝΗ, and thus that he is a non-imperial cleric,