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Bardas protospatharios (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

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

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.

  
ΘΚΕ,Θ,
ΤΣ,
ΑΡΑ
Α
ΣΠΑΘΑΡ,
  

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Βάρδᾳ (πρωτο)σπαθαρ(ί)ῳ

Obverse

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

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a decoration above. Border of dots.

  
ΘΚΕ,Θ,
ΤΣ,
ΑΡΑ
Α
ΣΠΑΘΑΡ,
  

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Βάρδᾳ (πρωτο)σπαθαρ(ί)ῳ

Accession number BZS.1947.2.897
Diameter 22.0 mm; field: 18.0 mm
Previous Editions

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βάρδᾳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ.

Mother of God, help your servant Bardas, protospatharios.

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