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Ananias episkeptites (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin Mary orans, nimbed. Sigla on either side: ̅θυ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

ΚΕΘ,
ΤΣ̣,
ΑΝΑΝΗΑ
ΕΠΗΣΚ̣.Ε
̣Τ̅ΗΤ

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Ἀνανήᾳ ἐπησκεφτήτ(ῃ)

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin Mary orans, nimbed. Sigla on either side: ̅θυ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

ΚΕΘ,
ΤΣ̣,
ΑΝΑΝΗΑ
ΕΠΗΣΚ̣.Ε
̣Τ̅ΗΤ

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Ἀνανήᾳ ἐπησκεφτήτ(ῃ)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.2192
Diameter 20.0 mm
Condition Gouged on the obverse. Seemingly double struck on the reverse.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀνανήᾳ ἐπησκεφτήτῃ.

Lord, help your servant Ananias, episkeptites.

Commentary

The inscription appears to be double struck or overstruck, with the result that the letters are distorted. We read the owner's office as episkeptites despite the mistaken rendering and the superfluous (indecipherable) letter in the penultimate line.