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Constantine imperial spatharios (ninth/tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

A dove, seemingly with an olive leaf in its mouth (cf. Genesis 8: 11). Along the circumference, within a border of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at seven o'clock:

κε,.τσ̣....̣

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)[θ(ει)] τῷ σῷ δ[ούλ]ῳ

Reverse

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

κ̣
νσταν̣
τιν̣.
σσπ,θ
ρ,

Κωνσταντίνῳ βασ(ιλικῷ) σπ(α)θ(α)ρ(ί)ῳ

Obverse

A dove, seemingly with an olive leaf in its mouth (cf. Genesis 8: 11). Along the circumference, within a border of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at seven o'clock:

κε,.τσ̣....̣

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)[θ(ει)] τῷ σῷ δ[ούλ]ῳ

Reverse

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

κ̣
νσταν̣
τιν̣.
σσπ,θ
ρ,

Κωνσταντίνῳ βασ(ιλικῷ) σπ(α)θ(α)ρ(ί)ῳ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1862
Diameter 22.0 mm

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαρίῳ.

Lord, help your servant Constantine, imperial spatharios.