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John (Nikaeus?) (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of four lines arranged in the shape of a cross. A cross in the upper field on the left. Border of dots.

Τ
̣
ν̣ι̣κ̣α̣ι̣
Ο̣
σ̣

τοῦ Νικαίος

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

Η
σραγ,
᾽ιαν
νου

ἡ σφραγ(ὶς) Ἰωάννου

Obverse

Inscription of four lines arranged in the shape of a cross. A cross in the upper field on the left. Border of dots.

Τ
̣
ν̣ι̣κ̣α̣ι̣
Ο̣
σ̣

τοῦ Νικαίος

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

Η
σραγ,
᾽ιαν
νου

ἡ σφραγ(ὶς) Ἰωάννου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.266
Diameter 16.0 mm; field: 10.0 mm
Condition Corroded.

Translation

τοῦ Νικαίος ἡ σφραγὶς Ἰωάννου.

The seal of John Nikaeus.

Commentary

The inscription on the obverse is unusually designed, taking the shape of a cross without being a cruciform monogram. The reading of the owner's family name is by no means certain, but our reading at least has the virtue of forming a twelve-syllable verse.