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Constantine protospatharios (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Michael holding a scepter in his right hand and a globus in his left. Sigla on either side: Μ–Χ: Μ(ι)χ(αήλ). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines with a cross at the beginning of the first line and the last line between pellets. Cross between pellets at top. Border of dots.

  
ΑΡΧΙ
ΣΤΡΑΤΗΓ,
ΟΗΘΕΙΤ
Σ̣ΛΥΣ
Κ̅ΝΑ̣ΣΠΑ
 ΘΡ, 

Ἀρχιστράτηγ(ε) βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλυ σοῦ Κων(σταντίνῳ) (πρωτο)σπαθαρ(ίῳ)

Obverse

Bust of St. Michael holding a scepter in his right hand and a globus in his left. Sigla on either side: Μ–Χ: Μ(ι)χ(αήλ). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines with a cross at the beginning of the first line and the last line between pellets. Cross between pellets at top. Border of dots.

  
ΑΡΧΙ
ΣΤΡΑΤΗΓ,
ΟΗΘΕΙΤ
Σ̣ΛΥΣ
Κ̅ΝΑ̣ΣΠΑ
 ΘΡ, 

Ἀρχιστράτηγ(ε) βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλυ σοῦ Κων(σταντίνῳ) (πρωτο)σπαθαρ(ίῳ)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.2305
Diameter 24.0 mm

Translation

Ἀρχιστράτηγε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλυ σοῦ Κωνσταντίνῳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ.

Commander of the heavenly hoast, help your servant Constantine protospatharios.

Commentary

Note the confused lettering in the final words of the invocation in the fourth line of the reverse.