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John monk (?) and patriarchal chartoularios (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type XII). In the quarters: τσ|λ. Border of dots.

Χριστὲ βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

ΙΩΑΝ
ΝΗΑ...
.ΙΑΡΧ...
ΧΑΡΤΟΥΛ
ΑΡΙΩ

Ἰωάνννῃ μοναχ (?) πατριαρχικῷ χαρτουλαρίῳ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type XII). In the quarters: τσ|λ. Border of dots.

Χριστὲ βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

ΙΩΑΝ
ΝΗΑ...
.ΙΑΡΧ...
ΧΑΡΤΟΥΛ
ΑΡΙΩ

Ἰωάνννῃ μοναχ (?) πατριαρχικῷ χαρτουλαρίῳ

Accession number BZS.1947.2.5
Diameter 23.0 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 65.

Translation

Χριστὲ βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάνννῃ μοναχῷ (?) πατριαρχικῷ χαρτουλαρίῳ.

Christ, help your servant John monk (?) (and) patriarchal chartoularios.

Commentary

Laurent reads the second line of the reverse as ΝΗΠΑ and saw the owner as a patriarchal chartoularios. However, the third letter is clearly an alpha, and there is no Π visible. We have therefore amended his reading, interpreting the Α as the beginning of the AX abbreviation for monk, a logical possibility for a patriarchal chartoularios, and a common two letter abbreviation that fits within the space.