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Ananias (sixth/seventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin between two crosses, facing and nimbate. Before her, Christ with nimbus cruciform. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

α - ι - ν - ν - ο - υ

Ἀνανίου

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin between two crosses, facing and nimbate. Before her, Christ with nimbus cruciform. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

α - ι - ν - ν - ο - υ

Ἀνανίου

Accession number BZS.1955.1.201
Diameter 21.0 mm

Translation

Ἀνανίου.

(Seal of) Ananias.

Commentary

The letter at the termination of the right arm of the reverse cruciform monogram may be an M or an N, but is likely an Ν (cf. Zacos-Veglery, no. 1110). Other possibilities for the reading of the monogram include the less common Ἀννιανοῦ (Annanianos), or Ἰουλιανοῦ (Julian)--made less likely by the duplication of the Ν instead of the insertion of an explicit Λ.