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George (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.309
Diameter 25 mm


Inscription in two lines with an Α between that is flanked by two dots. Border of dots.

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γιος? Γεώργιος


Cruciform monogram. Linear border.

ι - κ - λ - μ - ξ - ο - ρ - τ - υ



Ἄ(γιος) Γεόργιος . . .

(St.) George . . . ?


The obverse contains one difficult to interpret element--the Α placed between the two lines of George. This could indicate that we have here Ἅγιος Γεώργιος, especially with the name in the nominative, but the grammatical use of a saint's name would be unclear on a seal such as this.

The reverse cruciform monogram is strangely made and indecipherable. There are seemingly no vowels, except for ι of course, unless one reaches to find an ου ligature within the V of the μ and the loop of the ρ. Yet still, that gives no solution, as is especially made difficult by the apparent Ξ on the lower arm of cross above the τ. Perhaps this monogram contains a vital mistake, such as the Λ representing an α.