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Gregory Chalkoutzes, asekretis (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Gregory the Theologian, facing, with long beard, blessing with his right hand and holding a book in his left. Inscription in columns to both sides: Ρ|ΗΘΕ|Ο|Λ: ὁ ἅγιος Γρηγόριος ὁ Θεολόγος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

ΚΕΘ.
ΓΡΗΓΟΡ,
ΑΣΗΚΡΗ
Τ,ΤΧΑΛ
Κ

Κύριε βοήθει Γρηγορίῳ ἀσηκρήτις τῷ Χαλκούτζ

Obverse

Bust of St. Gregory the Theologian, facing, with long beard, blessing with his right hand and holding a book in his left. Inscription in columns to both sides: Ρ|ΗΘΕ|Ο|Λ: ὁ ἅγιος Γρηγόριος ὁ Θεολόγος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

ΚΕΘ.
ΓΡΗΓΟΡ,
ΑΣΗΚΡΗ
Τ,ΤΧΑΛ
Κ

Κύριε βοήθει Γρηγορίῳ ἀσηκρήτις τῷ Χαλκούτζ

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1054
Diameter 20.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Schlumberger, Sig., 444 n. 3.
Cf. Pančenko, Katalog, 170, n. 474.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Γρηγορίῳ ἀσηκρήτις τῷ Χαλκούτζῃ.

Lord, help Gregory Chalkoutzes, asekretis.

Commentary

The ligature in the last line is uncertain, as it seems to be triangular--and thus more plausibly an Α or a Λ--but we have stuck here to Laurent's reading, in his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection. The Τ-Ζ ligature at the end of the inscription is additionally uncertain but likely, as it could also be a Τ with an abbreviation mark thereafter.