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Constantine (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St Nicholas offering a blessing and holding the Gospel. Inscription preserved at left: |ν|ι : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νι[κόλ(αος)]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Σ̣κε
ισκν
ταντι
σλα
τρι

... σκέ[πο]ις Κων[σ]ταντί[ν(ῳ)] σῷ λάτρι

Obverse

Bust of St Nicholas offering a blessing and holding the Gospel. Inscription preserved at left: |ν|ι : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νι[κόλ(αος)]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Σ̣κε
ισκν
ταντι
σλα
τρι

... σκέ[πο]ις Κων[σ]ταντί[ν(ῳ)] σῷ λάτρι

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2473
Diameter 20.0 mm; field: 16.0 mm
Condition Chipped along one side with loss of lettering.
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

... σκέποις Κωνσταντίνῳ σῷ λάτρι.

 ... may your protect your servant Constantine.

Commentary

The first word of this metrical inscription is missing. Three syllables are required to fit the first hemistich; ἅγιε seems the most plausible given the limited space available.