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Leo imperial kandidatos (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

A patriarchal cross mounted on a base of three steps. A pellet in each quarter. Along the circumference, within concentric borders of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at seven o'clock:

κεοηθητσουλ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning and ending with a cross. A cross in the second line. Border of dots.

λεοντ
κν
η.μ
ην

Λέοντα β(ασιλικῷ) κανδηδά[τ(ῳ)], ἀμήν

Obverse

A patriarchal cross mounted on a base of three steps. A pellet in each quarter. Along the circumference, within concentric borders of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at seven o'clock:

κεοηθητσουλ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning and ending with a cross. A cross in the second line. Border of dots.

λεοντ
κν
η.μ
ην

Λέοντα β(ασιλικῷ) κανδηδά[τ(ῳ)], ἀμήν

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2027
Diameter 23.0 mm; field: 20.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντα βασιλικῷ κανδηδάτῳ, ἀμήν.

Lord, help your servant Leo, imperial kandidatos. Amen