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Sergios komes of the eighth school (eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Wreath border.

ΣΕ
ΡΓΙΚ
ΟΜΙΣΧ
ΟΛ/ΟΓΔ
ΟΗΣ

Σεργίῳ κόμιτι σχολῆς ὀγδόης

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ΤΣ|ΔΛ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Wreath border.

ΣΕ
ΡΓΙΚ
ΟΜΙΣΧ
ΟΛ/ΟΓΔ
ΟΗΣ

Σεργίῳ κόμιτι σχολῆς ὀγδόης

Accession number BZS.1947.2.232
Diameter 31.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Σεργίῳ κόμιτι σχολῆς ὀγδόης.

Theotokos, help your servant Sergios komes of the eighth school.

Commentary

Laurent in his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw seals points out that this seal provides firm evidence that there were more than seven schools, contradicting what is found in the Book of Ceremonies.