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Leontas imperial spatharokandidatos and epi ton oikeiakon (eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform monogram in center. Circular inscription between a double border of dots.

Β̣Ο....Τ̣ΩΣΩΔΟΥΛΩ

. . . βο[ήθει] τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ΛΕΩ
ΝΤΑB/ ΣΠ
Α̣ΘΑΡΟΚΑΝ
Δ.ΕΠΗ̣ΤΩ
.Υ̣Κ̣ΗΑΚ/

Λεωντᾷ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθαροκανδ(ιδάτῳ) [(καὶ)] ἐπὴ τῶ[ν] ὐκηακ(ῶν)

Obverse

Cruciform monogram in center. Circular inscription between a double border of dots.

Β̣Ο....Τ̣ΩΣΩΔΟΥΛΩ

. . . βο[ήθει] τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ΛΕΩ
ΝΤΑB/ ΣΠ
Α̣ΘΑΡΟΚΑΝ
Δ.ΕΠΗ̣ΤΩ
.Υ̣Κ̣ΗΑΚ/

Λεωντᾷ β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθαροκανδ(ιδάτῳ) [(καὶ)] ἐπὴ τῶ[ν] ὐκηακ(ῶν)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.1333
Diameter 21.0 mm; field: 19.0 mm
Condition Weakly struck

Translation

. . . βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λεωντᾷ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ ἐπὴ τῶν ὐκηακῶν.

. . . help your servant Leontas imperial spatharokandidatos and epi ton oikeiakon.

Commentary

The letters in the cruciform monogram are difficult to make out, but the first letters of the circular inscription appear to be βο, for βοήθει, suggesting that the monogram will contain only a holy name, such as Κύριε or Θεοτόκε.

The final line on the reverse is heavily damaged and the resolution suggested here is tentative.