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John vestarches and logothetes of the Dromos (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla on either side: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. A decoration below. Border of dots.

ΘΚ̅Ε,Θ,
ΤΣΙ̅
Ε̣Σ̣ΤΡΧΗ
...Γ̣Ο̣ΘΕΤ
Τ̣̣̣ΡΟΜ
  

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ) Ἰω(άννῃ) βεστάρχῃ [(καὶ) λο]γοθέτ(ῃ) τοῦ δρόμ(ου)

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla on either side: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. A decoration below. Border of dots.

ΘΚ̅Ε,Θ,
ΤΣΙ̅
Ε̣Σ̣ΤΡΧΗ
...Γ̣Ο̣ΘΕΤ
Τ̣̣̣ΡΟΜ
  

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ) Ἰω(άννῃ) βεστάρχῃ [(καὶ) λο]γοθέτ(ῃ) τοῦ δρόμ(ου)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1308
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 20.0 mm
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Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ βεστάρχῃ καὶ λογοθέτῃ τοῦ δρόμου.

Mother of God, help your servant John, vestarches and logothetes of the Dromos.

Commentary

In his typescript of the Shaw Catalogue, Laurent suggested that the owner had been appointed vestarches and logothetes of the Dromos during the reign of Nikephoros III Botaneiates (1078-1081). See also Lavra I, p. 144.