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Christopher imperial protospatharios and epi tou koitonos (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

St Theodore standing, holding a spear, his hand resting on a shield set against the ground. Sigla on either side: ο|θ̣|ε̣|οδ||ρ, : ὁ (ἅγιος) Θεόδωρ(ος). Traces of a circular inscription along the circumference within a border of dots:

τ̣̣σ̣̣δ̣,

[Κ(ύρι)ε or Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει)] τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.

  
χ
̣ριστ,
ορ
,Ασπ
̣επιτ,θε
φυλ
κτ
κοιτον
̣
  

Χριστ(ο)[φ]όρ(ῳ) β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπα[θ(αρίῳ)] (καὶ) ἐπὶ τ(οῦ) θε[ο]φυλάκτ(ου) κοιτόν(ος)

Obverse

St Theodore standing, holding a spear, his hand resting on a shield set against the ground. Sigla on either side: ο|θ̣|ε̣|οδ||ρ, : ὁ (ἅγιος) Θεόδωρ(ος). Traces of a circular inscription along the circumference within a border of dots:

τ̣̣σ̣̣δ̣,

[Κ(ύρι)ε or Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει)] τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.

  
χ
̣ριστ,
ορ
,Ασπ
̣επιτ,θε
φυλ
κτ
κοιτον
̣
  

Χριστ(ο)[φ]όρ(ῳ) β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπα[θ(αρίῳ)] (καὶ) ἐπὶ τ(οῦ) θε[ο]φυλάκτ(ου) κοιτόν(ος)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1625
Diameter 29.0 mm; field: 18.0 mm

Translation

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Χριστοφόρῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἐπὶ τοῦ θεοφυλάτκου κοιτόνος.

Lord or Mother of God, help your servant Christopher, imperial protospatharios and epi tou koitonos.

Commentary

Note the use of the epithet "God-guarded" in the owner's office of epi tou koitonos.