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John hypatos and meizoteros (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Faint traces of a cruciform invocative monogram with lettering in the quarters. No border visible.

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. No border visible.

ιυπ
Sμιζ
τ̣ε̣ρ̣

Ἰω(άννῃ) ὑπ[άτ(ῳ)] (καὶ) μιζ[ο]τέρ(ῳ)

Obverse

Faint traces of a cruciform invocative monogram with lettering in the quarters. No border visible.

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. No border visible.

ιυπ
Sμιζ
τ̣ε̣ρ̣

Ἰω(άννῃ) ὑπ[άτ(ῳ)] (καὶ) μιζ[ο]τέρ(ῳ)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1638
Diameter 19.0 mm
Condition Blank too small for die. Corroded.

Translation

[Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ] Ἰωάννῃ ὑπάτῳ καὶ μιζοτέρῳ.

[Mother of God, help your servant] John, hypatos and meizoteros.

Commentary

We read the owner's name as John, but on a blank too small for the die it is possible that there is a line missing at the top, in which case the owner's name could have been Antonios or any other name ending in -ios.