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John (Doukas), caesar (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her; details indistinct. Sigla on either side: ̅θυ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Within a border of thick dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at nine o'clock:

θκεοηθ,τσ..

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ [δού(λῳ)]

Reverse

Bust of the owner (bearded), holding a globus in his right hand. Within a border of thick dots, a partially legible circular inscription beginning at nine o'clock:

.ευτεχεστατ̣σ̣α̣ρ̣ι̣

[Ἰ]ω(άννῃ) εὐτεχεστάτῳ (καί)σαρι

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her; details indistinct. Sigla on either side: ̅θυ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Within a border of thick dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at nine o'clock:

θκεοηθ,τσ..

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ [δού(λῳ)]

Reverse

Bust of the owner (bearded), holding a globus in his right hand. Within a border of thick dots, a partially legible circular inscription beginning at nine o'clock:

.ευτεχεστατ̣σ̣α̣ρ̣ι̣

[Ἰ]ω(άννῃ) εὐτεχεστάτῳ (καί)σαρι

Accession number BZS.1958.106.633
Diameter 22.0 mm; field: 17.0 mm
Condition Poorly imprinted.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ εὐτεχεστάτῳ καίσαρι.

Mother of God, help your servant John, the most fortunate caesar.

Commentary

John Doukas was made caesar (kaisar) by his brother Constantine X Doukas (1059-1067) and held this title until his death in 1088. See the commentary to the related specimens listed below.