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Niketas imperial protospatharios and epi ton oikeiakon (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St Nicholas offering a blessing with his right hand. Sigla preserved at left: |νι : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ν[ικόλ(αος)]. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription along the circumference, beginning with a cross at eight o'clock:

γ,νικολε̣θ̣.......

ἅγ(ιε) Νικόλαε β(οή)θ(ει) [τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)]

Reverse

Inscription of five lines (presumably beginning with a cross), ending with a cross. Border of dots.

νικητ
..ˊσπ
..πητο
.υ̣κη
κον

Νικήτ[ᾳ β(ασιλικῷ)] (πρωτο)σπα[θ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) ἐ]πὴ τον ὐκηακον

Obverse

Bust of St Nicholas offering a blessing with his right hand. Sigla preserved at left: |νι : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ν[ικόλ(αος)]. Within a border of dots, a circular inscription along the circumference, beginning with a cross at eight o'clock:

γ,νικολε̣θ̣.......

ἅγ(ιε) Νικόλαε β(οή)θ(ει) [τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)]

Reverse

Inscription of five lines (presumably beginning with a cross), ending with a cross. Border of dots.

νικητ
..ˊσπ
..πητο
.υ̣κη
κον

Νικήτ[ᾳ β(ασιλικῷ)] (πρωτο)σπα[θ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) ἐ]πὴ τον ὐκηακον

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1400
Diameter 26.0 mm; field: 22.0 mm
Condition Cracked along the channel. Partially effaced.

Translation

ἅγιε Νικόλαε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικήτᾳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἐπὴ τον ὐκηακον.

St Nicholas, help your servant Niketas, imperial protospatharios and epi ton oikeiakon.