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John apo eparchon and embolator (seventh/eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type I); in the quarters: ΙΩ: Ἰωάννῃ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ

Reverse

Cruciform monogram, reading ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων; in the quarters: ΕΜΒΟΛ|ΑΤ|ΟΡΟ|Σ: καὶ ἐμβολάτορος. Wreath border.

ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων καὶ ἐμβολάτορος

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type I); in the quarters: ΙΩ: Ἰωάννῃ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ

Reverse

Cruciform monogram, reading ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων; in the quarters: ΕΜΒΟΛ|ΑΤ|ΟΡΟ|Σ: καὶ ἐμβολάτορος. Wreath border.

ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων καὶ ἐμβολάτορος

Accession number BZS.1958.106.878
Diameter 27.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων καὶ ἐμβολάτορος.

Theotokos, help John apo eparchon and embolator.

Commentary

According to Philip Mayerson, the embolator (ἐμβολάτωρ) was an official responsible for depositing monetary payments in the state bank: see "The Embolator in sixth/seventh-century papyri," Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 46 (2009) 139-43.