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Theophilos (or Theodoulos) imperial strator (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type II or V); in the quarters: Τ–Σ̣|–Λ̣. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Wreath border.

ΘΕΟ
Λ⸉Σ
ΡΤΟ
ΡΙ

Θεο[φί]λῳ or Θεο[δού]λῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σ[τ]ράτορι

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type II or V); in the quarters: Τ–Σ̣|–Λ̣. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Wreath border.

ΘΕΟ
Λ⸉Σ
ΡΤΟ
ΡΙ

Θεο[φί]λῳ or Θεο[δού]λῳ β(ασιλικῷ) σ[τ]ράτορι

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2695
Diameter 28.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοφίλῳ/Θεοδούλῳ βασιλικῷ στράτορι.

Theotokos, help your servant Theophilos/Theodoulos imperial strator.

Commentary

The inscription is clumsy, but the form of beta on the reverse argues for a ninth-century date.