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Stephen spatharios and epi tes Megales Hetaireias (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St Stephen holding a martyr's cross in his left hand and offering a blessing with his right. Inscription on either side: |στ|εφ|αν,: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Στέφαν(ος). Within concentric circles of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at eight o'clock:

κε,θ,τσδ..

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού[λῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. A border of pellets within concentric circles of dots.

Στεφ,
σπαθ,ε
πιτης
ετε̣ρι
α

Στεφ(άνῳ) σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) ἐπὶ τῆς μ(ε)γ(άλης) ἑτερία(ς)

Obverse

Bust of St Stephen holding a martyr's cross in his left hand and offering a blessing with his right. Inscription on either side: |στ|εφ|αν,: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Στέφαν(ος). Within concentric circles of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at eight o'clock:

κε,θ,τσδ..

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού[λῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. A border of pellets within concentric circles of dots.

Στεφ,
σπαθ,ε
πιτης
ετε̣ρι
α

Στεφ(άνῳ) σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) ἐπὶ τῆς μ(ε)γ(άλης) ἑτερία(ς)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.767
Diameter 23.0 mm; field: 20.0 mm

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Στεφάνῳ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἐπὶ τῆς μεγάλης ἑτερίας.

Lord, help your servant Stephen, spatharios and epi tes megales hetaireias.