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Michael monk (sixth/seventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Eagle with uplifted wings and head turned to right. In field above head of eagle, a cross. Wreath border.

Reverse

Block monogram. Wreath border.

 - η - ι - λ - μ - ν - ο - υ - χ

Μιχαήλ μοναχοῦ

Obverse

Eagle with uplifted wings and head turned to right. In field above head of eagle, a cross. Wreath border.

Reverse

Block monogram. Wreath border.

 - η - ι - λ - μ - ν - ο - υ - χ

Μιχαήλ μοναχοῦ

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1695
Diameter 23.0 mm; field: 18.0 mm

Translation

Μιχαήλ μοναχοῦ.

(Seal of) Michael monk.

Commentary

In his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection, Laurent reads Ἀγαπίου μοναχοῦ; Agapios is less likely than Michael, as it would require iotacism to explain the Η. An alternative reading of this monogram would be be merely the name Μιχαηλίου (Michaelios), but it seems more likely that we would find the somewhat common name Michael in conjunction with the somewhat common title of monk.