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The diakonia of the Theotokos of the property of Verus (seventh/eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God with Christ before her; at left and right, small crosses. Circular inscription, beginning at 12 o'clock, between a double border of dots.

..ε.γισθεοτοκου

Ὑπε[ρ]αγ[ί]ας Θεοτόκου

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

δι
κονισ
τονβι
ρον

Διακονίας τον Βίρου

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God with Christ before her; at left and right, small crosses. Circular inscription, beginning at 12 o'clock, between a double border of dots.

..ε.γισθεοτοκου

Ὑπε[ρ]αγ[ί]ας Θεοτόκου

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.

δι
κονισ
τονβι
ρον

Διακονίας τον Βίρου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.43
Diameter 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 34a (mislabelled, photograph b); John W. Nesbitt, "Byzantine Copper Tokens," 70–71.

Translation

Ὑπεραγίας Θεοτόκου διακονίας τον Βίρου.

(Seal of) the diakonia of the most holy Theotokos of the property of Verus.

Commentary

This seal is edited jointly with its parallels: BZS 1951.31.5.1368 and 1951.31.5.1982.

The Βῆρος remembered on this seal may well the the Verus of legend who, like Zotikos and Sampson, supposedly left Rome in the time of Constantine the Great and purchased property in Constantinople that later became charitable institutions. See Syn. Eccl. CP., col. 359, line 42.

In Zacos–Veglery, no. 2099, we find a ninth-century seal of a Leo, cleric and chartoularios of the property of Verus.