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Cyril patrikios (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.793
Diameter 15 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.


Bust of St. Cyril, facing, in episcopal clothing, blessing with his right hand and holding a book in his left. Inscription to the left and right: .|Α|.Ι|..Κ|Ρ|Λ: γιος Κύριλλος. Border of dots.


Inscription in three lines with pellets below. Border of dots.


Κύριε βοήθει Κυρίλλῳ πατρικίῳ


Κύριε βοήθει Κυρίλλῳ πατρικίῳ.

Lord, help Cyril patrikios.


While it is possible that the abbreviation on the reverse, ΠΡΙ, could indicate patriarch as well as patrikios, in this case the more common patrikios seems most likely, especially without a placename thereafter. If this were the seal of a patriarch, it would have to be dated roughly a century later than it would be purely on stylistic grounds, and would be the seal of Cyril II, the patriarch of Alexandria c. 1100.