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Joseph basilikos of silk (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St George holding a spear and shield. Sigla on either side: |γ̣.|ργ|ιο|σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γ[ε]ώργιος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. A cross of dots above. Border of dots.

  
κ
ε̅,θ,
ισηφ
τησμε̣
τ̣αη̣

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Ἰωσὴφ β(ασιλικῷ) τῆς μετάξη(ς)

Obverse

Bust of St George holding a spear and shield. Sigla on either side: |γ̣.|ργ|ιο|σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γ[ε]ώργιος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. A cross of dots above. Border of dots.

  
κ
ε̅,θ,
ισηφ
τησμε̣
τ̣αη̣

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Ἰωσὴφ β(ασιλικῷ) τῆς μετάξη(ς)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1602
Diameter 25.0 mm

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Ἰωσὴφ βασιλικῷ τῆς μετάξης.

Lord, help Joseph, basilikos of silk.

Commentary

We read the last word of the reverse inscription as μετάξης, which leaves us with the problem of an official nowhere else attested. It is not out of the question that we are dealing with a placename, such as Metaxines, but this awaits confirmation from other specimens.