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Nikephoros (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Standing figure of Saint Panteleimon, with nimbus, details obscure. Inscription in two columns : |ΠΑ|Ν|ΤΕ|Λ|Ε|Η|Μ|Ο, : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Παντελεήμο(ν). Circular inscription, beginning with a cross between double border of dots. 

̣̣ΓΙΟΙΤΘ̅ΥΟΗΘΕΙ̣Τ̣Ε

ἅγιοι τοῦ Θ(εο)ῦ βοήθειτε

Reverse

Standing figure of Saint Nicholas, with nimbus, holding right hand in attitude of blessing, holding book in left hand. Inscription in two columns : |ΝΙ|Κ,|Λ|ΑΟ|Σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικ(ό)λαος. Circular inscription, beginning with a cross between double border of dots. 

ΤΝΔ̣ΛΗΜΝΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟ,

των δούλ(ον) ἡμῶν Νικηφόρον

Obverse

Standing figure of Saint Panteleimon, with nimbus, details obscure. Inscription in two columns : |ΠΑ|Ν|ΤΕ|Λ|Ε|Η|Μ|Ο, : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Παντελεήμο(ν). Circular inscription, beginning with a cross between double border of dots. 

̣̣ΓΙΟΙΤΘ̅ΥΟΗΘΕΙ̣Τ̣Ε

ἅγιοι τοῦ Θ(εο)ῦ βοήθειτε

Reverse

Standing figure of Saint Nicholas, with nimbus, holding right hand in attitude of blessing, holding book in left hand. Inscription in two columns : |ΝΙ|Κ,|Λ|ΑΟ|Σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικ(ό)λαος. Circular inscription, beginning with a cross between double border of dots. 

ΤΝΔ̣ΛΗΜΝΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟ,

των δούλ(ον) ἡμῶν Νικηφόρον

Accession number BZS.1955.1.2814
Diameter 23.0 mm; field: 14.0 mm

Translation

ἅγιοι τοῦ Θεοῦ βοήθειτε των δούλον ἡμῶν Νικήφόρον.

Saints of God, help your servant Nikephoros.

Commentary

Note the homophonic confusion between ἡμῶν and ὑμῶν; we transcribe the inscription literally but translate it in accordance with the intended meaning.