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The imperial sakelle (seventh/eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

A large letter Β with  enclosed within its lower loop. Wreath border.

βα(σιλικῆς)

Reverse

A large letter C enclosing a smaller . Wreath border.

σα(κέλλης)

Obverse

A large letter Β with  enclosed within its lower loop. Wreath border.

βα(σιλικῆς)

Reverse

A large letter C enclosing a smaller . Wreath border.

σα(κέλλης)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4027
Diameter 24.0 mm

Translation

βασιλικῆς σακέλλης.

(Seal of) the imperial treasury.

Commentary

This is a most unusual seal with its lettering and apparent identification of the imperial treasury. The letters and border point to an early date but these may also be archaising features, so the seal could well be assigned to another time.