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John (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Basil offering a blessing with his right hand. Inscription on either side: ||α|σιλ|ε|ι|ο|σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Βασίλειος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Decorations above and below. Border of dots.

  
ιν
νηνσον
οικετην
σκεποισ
θυτ
  

Ἰωάννην σὸν οἰκέτην σκέποις, θύτα

Obverse

Bust of St. Basil offering a blessing with his right hand. Inscription on either side: ||α|σιλ|ε|ι|ο|σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Βασίλειος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Decorations above and below. Border of dots.

  
ιν
νηνσον
οικετην
σκεποισ
θυτ
  

Ἰωάννην σὸν οἰκέτην σκέποις, θύτα

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1478
Diameter 22.0 mm; field: 18.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1003.

Translation

Ἰωάννην σὸν οἰκέτην σκέποις, θύτα.

May you, bishop, protect your servant John.

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