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Constantine silk merchant (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: τσ|δλ. Border of dots.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

κνσ
τντιν̣
εστιο
π̣ρ̣τ

Κωνσταντίνῳ βεστιοπράτ(ῃ)

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: τσ|δλ. Border of dots.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

κνσ
τντιν̣
εστιο
π̣ρ̣τ

Κωνσταντίνῳ βεστιοπράτ(ῃ)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4611
Diameter 24.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ βεστιοπράτῃ.

Mother of God, help your servant Constantine, silk merchant.

Commentary

See W. Seibt, "Some seals of Byzantine professional men," ΑΝΤΙΧΑΡΙΣΜΑΤΟΣ ΕΠΙΣΦΡΑΓΙΣΙΣ: A tribute to Prof. Ivan Jordanov on his 70th anniversary, Shumen 2019, 438-39.