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John imperial protospatharios and epi tou vestiariou (ninth/tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

A patriarchal cross mounted on a base of three steps. Within a triple border of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at seven o'clock:

ΚΕΟΗΘΤΣΟΥΛ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Triple border of dots.

Ι
ΣΠΘ
ΕΠΙΤΟΥ
ΕΣΤΙΡ

Ἰωάνν(ῃ) β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) ἐπὶ τοῦ βεστιαρ(ίου)

Obverse

A patriarchal cross mounted on a base of three steps. Within a triple border of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at seven o'clock:

ΚΕΟΗΘΤΣΟΥΛ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Triple border of dots.

Ι
ΣΠΘ
ΕΠΙΤΟΥ
ΕΣΤΙΡ

Ἰωάνν(ῃ) β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) ἐπὶ τοῦ βεστιαρ(ίου)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1334
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 22.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἐπὶ τοῦ βεστιαρίου.

Lord, help your servant John, imperial protospatharios and epi tou vestiariou.