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Leo imperial silentiarios and abydikos (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: τσ|λ. Βorder of dots.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Above and below the square border of dots, a cross (likely present from the earlier strike).

λεοντ,
σηληκ,
σηλεντ,κ
ευηκ,

Λέοντ(ι) βασηληκ(ῷ) σηλεντ(ιαρίῳ) κε ἀβυδηκ(ῷ)

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: τσ|λ. Βorder of dots.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Above and below the square border of dots, a cross (likely present from the earlier strike).

λεοντ,
σηληκ,
σηλεντ,κ
ευηκ,

Λέοντ(ι) βασηληκ(ῷ) σηλεντ(ιαρίῳ) κε ἀβυδηκ(ῷ)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.499
Diameter 29.0 mm
Previous Editions

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι βασηληκῷ σηλεντιαρίῳ κε ἀβυδηκῷ.

Mother of God, help your servant Leo, imperial silentiarios and abydikos.

Commentary

This is a rare and remarkable inscription set within a square border of dots. Traces of a previous strike are visible along the edges of the reverse.