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Valeriana (sixth century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription in three lines. Wreath border.

α
ληρια
νησ

Οὐαληριανῆς

Reverse

Block monogram. Wreath border.

α - η - ι - λ - ν - ο - ρ - σ - υ

Οὐαληριανῆς

Obverse

Inscription in three lines. Wreath border.

α
ληρια
νησ

Οὐαληριανῆς

Reverse

Block monogram. Wreath border.

α - η - ι - λ - ν - ο - ρ - σ - υ

Οὐαληριανῆς

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2912
Diameter 19.0 mm; field: 16.0 mm

Translation

Οὐαληριανῆς.

Valeriana.

Commentary

Based on the dating of the seal and the relative rarity of the name and women's seals, this may be the granddaughter of Nomos the patrikios, who married the Lazic King Tzathus, who came to Constantinople, converted to Christianity, was baptized and married to Valeriana, and later received gifts from Emperor Justin.