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Constantine protostrator (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of a saint, seemingly St Michael. The figure appears to have wings and holds a lance or scepter in his right hand. Other details are obscure. Possible epigraphy at right: Χ: [Μι]χ[αὴλ]. No visible border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. A cross between pellets at top. Border of dots.

  
̣ΚΝ
Σ̣.̣ΝΤ
.Ν̣̣ΣΤΡ
.ΤΟΡˊ

Κωνσ[τ]αντ[ί]ν(ῳ) (πρωτο)στρ[ά]τορι

Obverse

Bust of a saint, seemingly St Michael. The figure appears to have wings and holds a lance or scepter in his right hand. Other details are obscure. Possible epigraphy at right: Χ: [Μι]χ[αὴλ]. No visible border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. A cross between pellets at top. Border of dots.

  
̣ΚΝ
Σ̣.̣ΝΤ
.Ν̣̣ΣΤΡ
.ΤΟΡˊ

Κωνσ[τ]αντ[ί]ν(ῳ) (πρωτο)στρ[ά]τορι

Accession number BZS.1955.1.2313
Diameter 22.0 mm
Condition Obverse almost completely effaced.

Translation

Κωνσταντίνῳ πρωτοστράτορι.

Constantine, protostrator.

Commentary

The reading of Constantine's title as protostrator is likely but not certain; it is possible that the abbreviation for "imperial" precedes the title.