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Anonymous (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Fleurons above and below. Border of dots.

 
ο
ενιυστ
ισθ̅κεε̣
πηγισ
 

δόξα ἐν ἱψύστις Θ(ε)ῷ κὲ ἐπὴ γῖς

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Rows of pellets above and below. Border of dots.


ηρην
ηενθρ
οπισευ
οκισ

ἠρήνη ἐν ἀ<ν>θρόπις εὐδοκίας

Obverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Fleurons above and below. Border of dots.

 
ο
ενιυστ
ισθ̅κεε̣
πηγισ
 

δόξα ἐν ἱψύστις Θ(ε)ῷ κὲ ἐπὴ γῖς

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Rows of pellets above and below. Border of dots.


ηρην
ηενθρ
οπισευ
οκισ

ἠρήνη ἐν ἀ<ν>θρόπις εὐδοκίας

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3935
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

Translation

δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις Θεῷ καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς εἰρήνη ἐν ἀνθρώποις εὐδοκίας.

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Commentary

The absence of a channel indicates that this is a token rather than a seal. It is imprinted with the passage from Luke 2: 14. The inscription itself is beautifully incised but is full of homophonic errors (principally iotacism). These are corrected in the final reading.