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Diogenes (...?) (fifth century)

 
 

Obverse

A monogram in the shape of a cross. The vertical letters: |I|O|.The horizontal letters: EIS. Wreath border.

Diogenus

Reverse

Monogram in the shape of a cross. Horizontally: E . Vertically: R||o . Wreath border.

Obverse

A monogram in the shape of a cross. The vertical letters: |I|O|.The horizontal letters: EIS. Wreath border.

Diogenus

Reverse

Monogram in the shape of a cross. Horizontally: E . Vertically: R||o . Wreath border.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.748
Diameter 25.0 mm; field: 21.0 mm

Translation

Diogenus ...

(Seal of) Diogenes ...

Commentary

The monogram on the reverse so far defies resolution, in no small part owing to the corrosion of the letters. We read the owner's name as the Greek genitive of Diogenes (Διογένους), rendered in Roman letters. We assume that the letters should be read from top to bottom first, then left to right, as though the owner were crossing himself.