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Synetos and Niketas general kommerkiarioi of the apotheke of Mesembria (713/4)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4396
Diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 77.10a.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 217a.
A parallel specimen has been published several times with erroneous reading of the name as Constantine; cf. Bibicou, Douanes, 229, no. 44.


Emperor Anastasios II standing frontally, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger. On either side, indictions signs: ΙΒˊ. Traces of circular inscription beginning at 2 o'clock. No visible border.


νδικτιὼν ιβˊ  Συνετοῦ καὶ Νικήτα ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων


Inscription of six lines. No visible border.


καὶ γενικῶν κομμερκιαρίων ἀποθήκης Μεσεμβρίας


Ἰνδικτιὼν ιβˊ.   Συνετοῦ καὶ Νικήτα ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων καὶ γενικῶν κομμερκιαρίων ἀποθήκης Μεσεμβρίας.

Indiction 12.   (Seal of) Synetos and Niketas apo eparchon and general kommerkiarioi of the apotheke of Mesembria


In spite of the poor state of preservation of the circular inscription with the names on the obverse, the attribution of this seal and its parallels to Synetos and Niketas, already proposed by Zacos-Veglery, seems secure because (1) these seals belonged to an association of kommerkiarioi, since they are mentioned in the plural; (2) at that date, the two associates Synetos and Niketas are well attested from other seals; (3) the attribution is strongly supported by the remnants of letters on specimen (a); and (4) all three specimens are very similar: if they are not from the same boulloterion, they are certainly faithful copies of one another, the resemblance extending even to the relative positioning of letters from one line to the next.