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Artavasdos strategos of the Anatolikoi (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2408
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Very thick specimen (6 mm). Blank too small for die.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: ...|.Λ. No border visible.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τσῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription. No border visible.

ρτ.
δοστρ
τνν
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ρταυάσδο στρατηγῷ τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀρταυάσδο στρατηγῷ τῶν Ἀνατολικῶν.

Mother of God, help your servant Artavasdos, strategos of the Anatolikoi.

Commentary

This seal and BZS.1958.106.3020 come from different boulloteria, but they seem to have a similar model. The epigraphy of both specimens is too typical of the ninth century for us to accept the identification of the owner with Artavasdos the Armenian, strategos of the Anatolikoi, mentioned in 777/778 (Theophanes, 451) as proposed by Zacos-Veglery.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2408
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Very thick specimen (6 mm). Blank too small for die.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2408
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Very thick specimen (6 mm). Blank too small for die.