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Basil kouboukleisios (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of a bearded bishop saint, holding r. hand in blessing and holding book in l. hand. Worn inscription to l. and r.: Ο|ΠΟ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines with cross above.


ΚΕΘ
ΑΣΙΛΗ
ΩΚ
ΚΛΕΙΣΙ
Ω

Κύριε βοήθει Βασιλείῳ κουβουκλεισίῳ

Obverse

Bust of a bearded bishop saint, holding r. hand in blessing and holding book in l. hand. Worn inscription to l. and r.: Ο|ΠΟ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines with cross above.


ΚΕΘ
ΑΣΙΛΗ
ΩΚ
ΚΛΕΙΣΙ
Ω

Κύριε βοήθει Βασιλείῳ κουβουκλεισίῳ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3400
Diameter 15.0 mm; field: 10.0 mm

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Βασιλείῳ κουβουκλεισίῳ.

Lord, help Basil kouboukleisios.

Commentary

The saint on the obverse is perhaps St. Peter or St. Paul as the first letter of his name appears to be a Π. However, it is uncertain--especially as although the beard seems pointy (and therefore Pauline), it may actually be shorter and rounded, clouded by the wear of the seal.