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Basil (eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monograph (type V); in the quarters: Τ – Σ –  – Λ: τῷ σῷ δούλῳ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of three lines surrounded by crosses. Wreath border.

̣
ΒΣ
Ι̣ΛΗ
ΟΥ

Βασιλήου

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monograph (type V); in the quarters: Τ – Σ –  – Λ: τῷ σῷ δούλῳ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of three lines surrounded by crosses. Wreath border.

̣
ΒΣ
Ι̣ΛΗ
ΟΥ

Βασιλήου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5562
Diameter 23.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ. Βασιλήου.

Mother of God, help your servant. (Seal of) Basil.

Commentary

The cases change from obverse to reverse: τῷ σῷ δούλῳ (dative) and Βασιλήου (genitive). This is either an error or is intended to represent two different inscriptions: “Mother of God, help your servant. (Seal of) Basil," as we have presented it here.