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Leo Basilikos (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

The Annunciation, with the archangel Gabriel, shown at left, approaching the Virgin, standing at right; details indistinct. No sigla or border visible.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


θκ̅ε,θ,
τσδ
λεοντιτο
α̣σιλει
.

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Λέοντι το Βασιλει[κ]ῷ

Obverse

The Annunciation, with the archangel Gabriel, shown at left, approaching the Virgin, standing at right; details indistinct. No sigla or border visible.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


θκ̅ε,θ,
τσδ
λεοντιτο
α̣σιλει
.

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Λέοντι το Βασιλει[κ]ῷ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1373
Diameter 17.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι το Βασιλεικῷ.

Mother of God, help your servant Leo Basilikos.

Commentary

It is not clear whether the last word of the inscription should be understood as an admittedly rare family name or as the owner's function as an imperial official.