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Theodore (or Theodosios) protospatharios (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God, her hands raised before her. Details indistinct. On either side, sigla: μρ̅θυ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Along the circumference, within a border of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at seven o'clock:

θκε,.σδ,

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οήθει) [τ]ῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

Bust of Christ holding the Gospel and offering a blessing. Details indistinct. Sigla on either side: ισ̅χσ̅ : Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Along the circumference, within a border of dots, a circular inscription beginning at seven o'clock:

θεοδο.ˊαˊσπαθ,

Θεοδό[ρ(ῳ) β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ)

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God, her hands raised before her. Details indistinct. On either side, sigla: μρ̅θυ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Along the circumference, within a border of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at seven o'clock:

θκε,.σδ,

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οήθει) [τ]ῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

Bust of Christ holding the Gospel and offering a blessing. Details indistinct. Sigla on either side: ισ̅χσ̅ : Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Along the circumference, within a border of dots, a circular inscription beginning at seven o'clock:

θεοδο.ˊαˊσπαθ,

Θεοδό[ρ(ῳ) β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4023
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 19.0 mm
Condition Chipped at the top.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδόρῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ.

Mother of God, help your servant Theodore, imperial protospatharios.