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Leo imperial spatharios and komes of the imperial navy (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St John the Baptist holding a staff cross in his left hand. Details indistinct. Faint traces of sigla on either side: Ο|ι̅|ο|δ : ὁ (ἅγιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Πρ(ό)δ[ρομ(ος)]. Along the circumference, within a border of dots, remains of a circular inscription:

....π.οδρομ.......

[ἅγιε] Π[ρ]όδρομ[ε βοήθει]

Reverse

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

λεον
τ,,σπαθ.
.καικο.
..ητου.
πλου.

Λέοντ(ι) β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθ[αρ(ίῳ)] καὶ κό[μητ]η τοῦ [β(ασιλικοῦ)] πλοΰ[μ(ου)]

Obverse

Bust of St John the Baptist holding a staff cross in his left hand. Details indistinct. Faint traces of sigla on either side: Ο|ι̅|ο|δ : ὁ (ἅγιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Πρ(ό)δ[ρομ(ος)]. Along the circumference, within a border of dots, remains of a circular inscription:

....π.οδρομ.......

[ἅγιε] Π[ρ]όδρομ[ε βοήθει]

Reverse

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

λεον
τ,,σπαθ.
.καικο.
..ητου.
πλου.

Λέοντ(ι) β(ασιλικῷ) σπαθ[αρ(ίῳ)] καὶ κό[μητ]η τοῦ [β(ασιλικοῦ)] πλοΰ[μ(ου)]

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1119
Diameter 26.0 mm
Condition Punctured and corroded.

Translation

ἅγιε Πρόδρομε βοήθει Λέοντι βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ κόμητη τοῦ βασιλικοῦ πλοΰμου.

Holy Forerunner, help Leo, imperial spatharios and komes of the imperial navy.