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Constantine imperial (or proto) spatharios (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: τ̣σ̣|λ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of three lines (presumably beginning with a cross). A row of pellets below. Wreath border.

κνσ̣.
ντιν.
σπθρι̣


Κωνσταντίνῳ ... σπαθαρίῳ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: τ̣σ̣|λ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of three lines (presumably beginning with a cross). A row of pellets below. Wreath border.

κνσ̣.
ντιν.
σπθρι̣


Κωνσταντίνῳ ... σπαθαρίῳ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1301
Diameter 27.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ ... σπαθαρίῳ.

Mother of God, help your servant Constantine ... spatharios.

Commentary

There is room for one letter at the end of the second line on the reverse. It is not clear whether this was the abbreviation for imperial or proto-, so we have left both possibilities open.