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John imperial protospatharios (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Nicholas. Circular inscription along the circumference; partially preserved: ΑΓ,ΝΙΚΟΛΑ,Ο̣ : ἅγ(ιε) Νικόλα(ε) βο[ήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

  
.
ΑΝ
..ΠΡ̣
..ΣΠΑ
..ΡΙ

[Ἰ]ωάν[νῃ] β(ασιλικῷ) πρω[το]σπα[θα]ρίῳ

Obverse

Bust of St. Nicholas. Circular inscription along the circumference; partially preserved: ΑΓ,ΝΙΚΟΛΑ,Ο̣ : ἅγ(ιε) Νικόλα(ε) βο[ήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

  
.
ΑΝ
..ΠΡ̣
..ΣΠΑ
..ΡΙ

[Ἰ]ωάν[νῃ] β(ασιλικῷ) πρω[το]σπα[θα]ρίῳ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3156
Diameter 25.0 mm; field: 22.0 mm
Condition About half the seal is missing.
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Ἅγιε Νικόλαε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ.

St Nicholas, help your servant John, imperial protospatharios.