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Theodore Balsamon (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

St Theodore standing, holding a spear and shield. Inscription: |θ|ε|οδ|ρο|σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδωρος. Border of dots.

Reverse

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


θεοδ
ρονμεαλ
σαμναμαρ
τυσσκε
ποισ

Θεόδωρον μέ Βαλσαμὼν μάρτυς σκέποις

Obverse

St Theodore standing, holding a spear and shield. Inscription: |θ|ε|οδ|ρο|σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδωρος. Border of dots.

Reverse

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


θεοδ
ρονμεαλ
σαμναμαρ
τυσσκε
ποισ

Θεόδωρον μέ Βαλσαμὼν μάρτυς σκέποις

Accession number BZS.1958.106.141
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 21.0 mm

Translation

Θεόδωρον μέ Βαλσαμὼν μάρτυς σκέποις.

Martyr, may you protect me, Theodore Balsamon.

Commentary

The owner is without doubt the famous canonist Theodore Balsamon, who is attested as chartophylax in 1177 and later as Patriarch of Antioch (ca. 1185).