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N. spatharokandidatos and judge of Chaldia and of Derzene (eleventh cnetury)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5114
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Struck off center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 61.6.


Bust of St. Nicholas blessing with his right hand and holding a book in his left hand. Vertical inscription on either side: |νι|κ|ο-λ|α|ο|σ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικόλαος. Traces of a circular inscription along the circumference. No visible border.


Inscription of at least five lines, a decoration below. No visible border.


σπαθαρ(ο)κανδ(ι)δ(άτῳ), κριτ(ῇ) Χαλδία(ς) (καὶ) Δερζηνῆς


σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ, κριτῇ Χαλδίας καὶ Δερζηνῆς.

... spatharokandidatos and judge of Chaldia and Derzene.


It is not clear if the name of the seal's owner was imprinted at the end of the circular inscription on the obverse or, rather, in an initial line, which we cannot see, owing to an off-center strike, on the reverse.

Modern Tercan, Derzene was on the road from Erzincan to Erzerum. The creation of this theme is attested by 948-952 (De Adm. Imp. ch. 53, l. 507; see also Commentary, 209). Cf. Listes, 241 and n. 12, 358. Our seals show that the civil administration of Derzene was often given to officials who exercised a mandate in nearby Chaldia. See also Lihacev, IZIGI, pl. VI, 14.