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Anonymous (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

St John the Baptist, standing, holding a cross-staff in his right hand and an open scroll in his left. Inscription in two columns: |Ι|ΟΟ||,|Μ|Ο|Σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Πρόδρ(ο)μος. Border of dots.

Reverse

St Nicholas, standing, possibly holding a small cross in his right hand and a gospel book in his left. Inscription in two columns: Ο||ΓΙ|Ο|Σ|Ι|ΚΟ|Λ|ΟΣ̣ : ὁ ἅγιος Νικόλαος. Border of dots.

Obverse

St John the Baptist, standing, holding a cross-staff in his right hand and an open scroll in his left. Inscription in two columns: |Ι|ΟΟ||,|Μ|Ο|Σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Πρόδρ(ο)μος. Border of dots.

Reverse

St Nicholas, standing, possibly holding a small cross in his right hand and a gospel book in his left. Inscription in two columns: Ο||ΓΙ|Ο|Σ|Ι|ΚΟ|Λ|ΟΣ̣ : ὁ ἅγιος Νικόλαος. Border of dots.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4394
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 13.5.

Commentary

It is unusual to find Saint Nicholas holding a small cross since he was neither a martyr nor confessor.