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David (or Davith) imperial spatharokoubikoularios (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

A patriarchal cross mounted on a base of two steps; an x at the lower transverse bar. Fleurons on either side. Faint traces of a circular inscription within a border of dots:

Θιτ

[Κύριε (or Θεοτόκε) βοή]θι τ[ῷ σῷ δούλῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

Δα
θ̣ˊσπ
κ
λ̣αρ

Δαβὶθ β(ασιλικῷ) σπ[αθ(αρο)]κουβ[ικ(ου)λαρ(ίῳ)

Obverse

A patriarchal cross mounted on a base of two steps; an x at the lower transverse bar. Fleurons on either side. Faint traces of a circular inscription within a border of dots:

Θιτ

[Κύριε (or Θεοτόκε) βοή]θι τ[ῷ σῷ δούλῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

Δα
θ̣ˊσπ
κ
λ̣αρ

Δαβὶθ β(ασιλικῷ) σπ[αθ(αρο)]κουβ[ικ(ου)λαρ(ίῳ)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1744
Diameter 21.0 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.

Translation

Κύριε (or Θεοτόκε) βοήθι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Δαβὶθ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκουβικουλαρίῳ.

Lord (or Mother of God), help your servant David, imperial spatharokoubikoularios.

 

Commentary

It is not clear how the owner's name is to be transcribed. The letter in question, the first letter visible in the second line of the reverse, appears to be Θ, in which case the form Davith may simply be a variation of David.