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Andrew metropolitan (?) (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.327
Diameter 17 mm
Field diameter 11 mm

Obverse

Bust of St. Andrew, bearded, holding a cross. Inscription: Ο|Α|ΝΔ|Ρ|Ε: Ὁ ἅγιος Ἀνδρέας. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines with cross above. Border of dots.


σφραγ,
υπαρχ,αν
δρεηε
ρεοσ

Σφραγὶς ὑπάρχου Ἀνδρέου ἡερέος

Translation

Σφραγὶς ὑπάρχου Ἀνδρέου ἡερέος.

Seal of Andrew, eparch (and) priest.

Commentary

In this twelve-syllable verse Andrew calls himself an ὑπάρχου (eparch) and ἡερέος (i.e. ἱερέως, priest) in poetic diction suited to the metre. He may also be indicating his status as a metropolitan, noting that he is a cleric with the archaic word for priest, and indicating his ecclesiastical station as in charge of an ἐπαρχία.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.327
Diameter 17 mm
Field diameter 11 mm

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Accession number BZS.1958.106.327
Diameter 17 mm
Field diameter 11 mm

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Accession number BZS.1958.106.327
Diameter 17 mm
Field diameter 11 mm

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