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John imperial spatharios (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ..–Σ̣|.–Λ. Thin wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει [τῷ] σῷ [δ]ούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of three lines (presumably beginning with a cross). Wreath border.

Ι̣
ΝΗβΣ
ΘΡΙ̣

Ἰω[άν]νῃ β(ασιλικῷ) σ[πα]θαρίῳ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: ..–Σ̣|.–Λ. Thin wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει [τῷ] σῷ [δ]ούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of three lines (presumably beginning with a cross). Wreath border.

Ι̣
ΝΗβΣ
ΘΡΙ̣

Ἰω[άν]νῃ β(ασιλικῷ) σ[πα]θαρίῳ

Accession number BZS.1955.1.977
Diameter 18.0 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ.

Mother of God, help your servant John, imperial spatharios.