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Merkourios (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Two standing saints, St. Nicholas on the left and St. John Chrysostom on the right. Both offer a blessing and hold a book. Inscription beginning to the upper right of St. Nicholas and continuing on the left: ΝΙ|ΚΟ|ΛΑ|Ο,: Ὁ ἅγιος Νικόλαος. Inscription beginning to the upper left of St. John Chrysostom and continuing on the right: Ι̄|Ο||ΣΟ,|ΤΟ|, : Ὁ ἅγιος Ἰωάννης ὁ Χρυσόστομος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

αμφ
γενοισθε
προσταται
μερκου
ρι

Ἄμφω γένοισθε προστᾶται Μερκουρίῳ

Obverse

Two standing saints, St. Nicholas on the left and St. John Chrysostom on the right. Both offer a blessing and hold a book. Inscription beginning to the upper right of St. Nicholas and continuing on the left: ΝΙ|ΚΟ|ΛΑ|Ο,: Ὁ ἅγιος Νικόλαος. Inscription beginning to the upper left of St. John Chrysostom and continuing on the right: Ι̄|Ο||ΣΟ,|ΤΟ|, : Ὁ ἅγιος Ἰωάννης ὁ Χρυσόστομος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

αμφ
γενοισθε
προσταται
μερκου
ρι

Ἄμφω γένοισθε προστᾶται Μερκουρίῳ

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1509
Diameter 29.0 mm; field: 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Bulles métriques, no. 592; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 94.

Translation

Ἄμφω γένοισθε προστᾶται Μερκουρίῳ.

May you both be guardians for Merkourios.

Commentary

Dodecasyllable.