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Thomas protos (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram incorporating the entire formula. Wreath border.

β - ε - η - θ - ι - κ - ο - σ - τ - ω

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ οἰκέτῃ

Reverse

Cruciform monogram; in the upper two quarters, ΠΩ. Wreath border.

Θωμᾷ πρότῳ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram incorporating the entire formula. Wreath border.

β - ε - η - θ - ι - κ - ο - σ - τ - ω

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ οἰκέτῃ

Reverse

Cruciform monogram; in the upper two quarters, ΠΩ. Wreath border.

Θωμᾷ πρότῳ

Accession number BZS.1955.1.632
Diameter 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 1667a.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ οἰκέτῃ Θωμᾷ πρότῳ.

Theotokos, help your servant, the protos Thomas.

Commentary

The word protos seems to be written across the top of the monogram in the upper two angles using the upper arm of the cruciform in between, to read πρότῳ, while in the other three arms of the monogram are Θωμᾶ.

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