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Anonymous (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

The Virgin orans with a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

St Nicholas, standing, seemingly holding a small cross in his right hand and holding a gospel book in his left. Sigla: |ΝΙ|Κ̣Ο̣ΛΑ|ΟΣ : ὁ ἁ(γιος) Νικόλαος. Border of dots.

Obverse

The Virgin orans with a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

St Nicholas, standing, seemingly holding a small cross in his right hand and holding a gospel book in his left. Sigla: |ΝΙ|Κ̣Ο̣ΛΑ|ΟΣ : ὁ ἁ(γιος) Νικόλαος. Border of dots.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5330
Diameter 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 10.23.

Commentary

It is most unusual to find St Nicholas holding a small cross since he is not regarded as a martyr or confessor. Among the published collections, there is no such example of St Nicholas holding a cross.