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Nicholas (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3185
Diameter 26 mm
Field diameter 20 mm

Obverse

A cross (x at the crossbar) standing on a base of three steps. In the quarters: ΙΣ̅ΧΣ̅|ΝΙΚΑ: Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστὸ)ς νικᾷ. Border of thick dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of thick dots.

ΚΕ̅Ο
ΗΘΕΙΤΣ
ΛˊΝ
ΙΚΟΛΑ
Ο

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ) Νικολάο

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικολάο.

Lord, help your servant Nicholas.

Commentary

The traces of lettering outside the border on the left side of the reverse suggest that the original seal was re-used. The second strike pressed the channel flat, indicating in turn that the specimen was meant to serve as a token rather than as a seal.

Note the odd division of words at the end of the second and third lines.