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Anonymous (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of three lines, beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ο
ιοσ
οναρ

ὁ βίος ὄναρ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

α
ρετη
πλτ
οσ

ἀρετὴ πλοῦτος

Obverse

Inscription of three lines, beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ο
ιοσ
οναρ

ὁ βίος ὄναρ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

α
ρετη
πλτ
οσ

ἀρετὴ πλοῦτος

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2713
Diameter 17.0 mm; field: 15.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1551.

Translation

ὁ βίος ὄναρ ἀρετὴ πλοῦτος.

Life is a dream, virtue is wealth.

Commentary

This specimen has no channel and must have served as a token or tessera, lending credence to Wassiliou-Seibt's suggestion that the owner was a monk or cleric involved in distributing alms or charity, in keeping with the moralizing inscription.

Note that the inscription seems metrical, consisting of two five-syllable hemistichs.