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Andrew priest (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.327
Diameter 17 mm
Field diameter 11 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2948.

Obverse

Bust of St. Andrew, bearded, holding a cross. Inscription: Ο|Α|ΝΔ|Ρ|Ε: Ὁ ἅγιος Ἀνδρέας. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines with cross above. Border of dots.


σφραγ,
υπαρχ,αν
δρεηε
ρεοσ

Σφραγ(ὶς) ὑπάρχ(ω) Ἀνδρέου ἡερέος

Translation

Σφραγὶς ὑπάρχω Ἀνδρέου ἡερέος.

I am the seal of the priest Andrew.

Commentary

In this twelve-syllable verse Andrew calls himself ἡερέος (i.e. ἱερέως, priest) in poetic diction suited to the metre.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.327
Diameter 17 mm
Field diameter 11 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2948.