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Phokas imperial spatharokandidatos and tourmarches of the navy (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

A patriarchal cross mounted on a base of three steps. Fleurons rise on both sides. Along the circumference, within a border of dots, a circular inscription beginning at seven o'clock:

κεοηθιτσλ,

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθι τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of six lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

φκ.
σπαθρ
κανι
Sτρμα
χ̣,τπλ
οημ

Φωκ[ᾷ] β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθ(α)ρ(ο)κανδιδ(άτῳ) (καὶ) τουρμά(ρ)χ(ῃ) τοῦ πλοήμου

Obverse

A patriarchal cross mounted on a base of three steps. Fleurons rise on both sides. Along the circumference, within a border of dots, a circular inscription beginning at seven o'clock:

κεοηθιτσλ,

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθι τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of six lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

φκ.
σπαθρ
κανι
Sτρμα
χ̣,τπλ
οημ

Φωκ[ᾷ] β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθ(α)ρ(ο)κανδιδ(άτῳ) (καὶ) τουρμά(ρ)χ(ῃ) τοῦ πλοήμου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1103
Diameter 20.0 mm

Translation

Κύριε βοήθι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Φωκᾷ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ τουρμάρχῃ τοῦ πλοήμου.

Lord, help your servant Phokas, imperial spatharokandidatos and tourmarches of the navy.