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Theodore argyroprates and imperial ergasteriarches (seventh/eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1550
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 21 mm

Obverse

Inscription in four lines. Linear border.

+ΘΕΟ
ΔΩΡΟΥ
ΑΡΓΥΡΟ
ΠΡΑΤ,

Θεοδώρου ἀργυροπράτου

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Linear border.

α - β - γ - ε - η - ι - κ - λ - ρ - σ - τ - ω

βασιλικῷ ἐργαστηριάρχῃ

Translation

Θεοδώρου ἀργυροπράτου βασιλικῷ ἐργαστηριάρχῃ.

(Seal of) Theodore argyroprates. imperial ergasteriarches.

Commentary

This monogram is slightly strange in the lack of correspondence in case between the two sides. On the obverse, the seal owner is referred to as an "imperial foreman (of the workshop)" in the dative, while on the reverse, he is referred to as Theodore the silver-seller. There is no doubt that the same man is both ergasteriarches and argyroprates, however the two sides likely differ in case as a result of being made at different times or by different hands; perhaps Theodore was promoted to ergasteriarches and had a new stamp made to fit onto his boulleterion, or perhaps the dative inscription implies Κύριε/Θεοτόκε Βοήθει.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1550
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 21 mm

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Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1550
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 21 mm

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Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1550
Diameter 28 mm
Field diameter 21 mm