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Nicholas imperial spatharokandidatos (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St Nicholas offering a blessing and holding the Gospels. Faint traces of epigraphy at left: |ν|ικ|ο|λ, : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικόλ(αος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines (presumably beginning with a cross). Border of dots.


ke̅,θ,
.σ.
.ικολ.
.παθ,κ.

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) [τ]ῷ σῷ δ[ούλ(ῳ) Ν]ικολ(άῳ) [β(ασιλικῷ) σ]παθ(αρο)κ[αν]δ(ι)δ(άτῳ)

Obverse

Bust of St Nicholas offering a blessing and holding the Gospels. Faint traces of epigraphy at left: |ν|ικ|ο|λ, : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικόλ(αος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines (presumably beginning with a cross). Border of dots.


ke̅,θ,
.σ.
.ικολ.
.παθ,κ.

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) [τ]ῷ σῷ δ[ούλ(ῳ) Ν]ικολ(άῳ) [β(ασιλικῷ) σ]παθ(αρο)κ[αν]δ(ι)δ(άτῳ)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.986
Diameter 25.0 mm
Condition Imprinted only in the center.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικολάῳ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ.

Lord, help your servant Nicholas, imperial spatharokandidatos.