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John "man" of the emperor (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans. Traces of sigla preserved at right: Θ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)[ῦ]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


θκε,θ,
ιανν,
τα̅ν̅̅
τα
σ

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) Ἰωάνν(ῃ) τῷ ἀν(θρώπ)ῳ τοῦ βασ(ιλέως)

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans. Traces of sigla preserved at right: Θ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)[ῦ]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


θκε,θ,
ιανν,
τα̅ν̅̅
τα
σ

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) Ἰωάνν(ῃ) τῷ ἀν(θρώπ)ῳ τοῦ βασ(ιλέως)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.930
Diameter 14.0 mm; field: 10.0 mm
Condition Chipped along the circumference.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ τοῦ βασιλέως.

Mother of God, help John, man of the emperor.