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The imperial sakelle (seventh/eighth century?)

 
 

Obverse

A large beta with a smaller alpha enclosed within the lower loop. Indeterminate border.

Β

βα(σιλικῆς)

Reverse

A large letter sigma with an alpha contained within. Seemingly a wreath border.

σ

σα(κέλλης)

Obverse

A large beta with a smaller alpha enclosed within the lower loop. Indeterminate border.

Β

βα(σιλικῆς)

Reverse

A large letter sigma with an alpha contained within. Seemingly a wreath border.

σ

σα(κέλλης)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1356
Diameter 23.0 mm

Translation

βασιλικῆς σακέλλης.

(Seal of) the imperial treasury.

Commentary

It is very difficult to propose a reasonable date for this seal. We have opted for the seventh or eighth century on the evidence of the shape of the alpha and beta.