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Theodore (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St Theodore holding a spear and shield. Inscription on either side: |θε|οδ||ρ, : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδωρ(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

σ̣
οισμ..
αρτυσσ̣ο̣ν̣
θ̣υ̅δρον
σκεπ
ν

σῴζοις μ[ε, μ]άρτυς, σὸν Θ(εο)ῦ δῶρον σκέπων

Obverse

Bust of St Theodore holding a spear and shield. Inscription on either side: |θε|οδ||ρ, : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδωρ(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

σ̣
οισμ..
αρτυσσ̣ο̣ν̣
θ̣υ̅δρον
σκεπ
ν

σῴζοις μ[ε, μ]άρτυς, σὸν Θ(εο)ῦ δῶρον σκέπων

Accession number BZS.1958.106.166
Diameter 23.0 mm; field: 16.0 mm
Condition Chipped.

Translation

σῴζοις με, μάρτυς, σὸν Θεοῦ δῶρον σκέπων.

May you preserve me, martyr, by protecting the gift of God (Theodore). 

Commentary

Note the play on words with the owner's name: Theodore = "gift of God."