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Nicholas imperial protospatharios, epi tou Chrysotriklinou, and epi ton deeseon (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Michael holding the sceptre in his right hand and a globus cruciger in his left. Remnants of an inscription along the circumference. Border of dots.

αρχ,οτΣ.

Ἀρχάγγελε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

νηκο
λαˋαˋσπα
θαρ,επιτχ
ρυσˋεπιτ,
εησε

Νηκολάῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου καὶ ἐπὶ τῶν δεήσεων

Obverse

Bust of St. Michael holding the sceptre in his right hand and a globus cruciger in his left. Remnants of an inscription along the circumference. Border of dots.

αρχ,οτΣ.

Ἀρχάγγελε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

νηκο
λαˋαˋσπα
θαρ,επιτχ
ρυσˋεπιτ,
εησε

Νηκολάῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου καὶ ἐπὶ τῶν δεήσεων

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.141
Diameter 32.0 mm; field: 27.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Ἀρχάγγελε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νηκολάῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου καὶ ἐπὶ τῶν δεήσεων.

Archangel, help your servant Nicholas protospatharios, epi tou Chrysotriklinou, and master of petitions.