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Constantine priest (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Double (?) cross on three steps with visible in the lower left quarter: ΝΙ: ησοῦς Χριστὸς νικᾷ. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription in six lines. Border of dots.

ΣΤΡ̄Ε
.ΚΕΠΕΦΡ
.ΙΦΥΛΑΤΕ
ΤΟΣΟΛ,
ΙΝ̄ ΙΕ
ΡΗ

Σταυρὲ σκέπε, φρούρει, φύλαττε τ σ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ ἱερεῖ

Obverse

Double (?) cross on three steps with visible in the lower left quarter: ΝΙ: ησοῦς Χριστὸς νικᾷ. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription in six lines. Border of dots.

ΣΤΡ̄Ε
.ΚΕΠΕΦΡ
.ΙΦΥΛΑΤΕ
ΤΟΣΟΛ,
ΙΝ̄ ΙΕ
ΡΗ

Σταυρὲ σκέπε, φρούρει, φύλαττε τ σ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ ἱερεῖ

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1398
Diameter 15.0 mm

Translation

Σταυρὲ σκέπε, φρούρει, φύλαττε τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ ἱερεῖ.

Cross, protect, watch, guard, your servant Constantine the priest.

Commentary

The invocation to the cross is drawn out but does not seem to be metrical.