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Constantine dioiketes (eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Faint traces of a cruciform invocative monogram.

Reverse

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

ΚΝ
ΣΤΝΤΙ
ΝΙΟΙ
Κ̣ΗΤΗ

Κωνσταντίνῳ διοικητῇ

Obverse

Faint traces of a cruciform invocative monogram.

Reverse

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

ΚΝ
ΣΤΝΤΙ
ΝΙΟΙ
Κ̣ΗΤΗ

Κωνσταντίνῳ διοικητῇ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3646
Diameter 29.0 mm

Translation

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ (or τῷ δούλῳ σοῦ) Κωνσταντίνῳ διοικητῇ.

Lord or Theotokos, help your servant Constantine dioiketes.

Commentary

The obverse is largely illegible, but traces of a cruciform invocative monogram are visible, particularly the top of a beta at 6 o’clock and a horizontal crossarm in the center-right. A rounded element in the lower-right quarter could possibly be the lower element of a sigma, suggesting the invocation could read τῷ δούλῳ σοῦ.